WASHINGTON- Today, the House of Representatives passed H.J. Res 71, which allows the District of Columbia to access its locally generated funds during the federal budget impasse. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., issued the following statement:
“Now that the House of Representatives has overcome the politically cynical opposition to helping the District spend its own locally generated funds during this budget impasse, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama are the only ones blocking the District from an ability that D.C. officials have requested. This bill deserves a Senate vote. We need to agree where we can agree instead of tying ourselves to the politics of Harry Reid’s shutdown.”
Yesterday, a majority of House Democrats defeated the same measure, which needed a two-thirds majority to pass under a suspension of the House Rules used to consider legislation more quickly.