Four anti-home rule amendments to the D.C. appropriations bill have been defeated according to a release sent from the office of Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).
These defeated amendments include an amendment to prohibit D.C. from spending local funds on abortion, brought forward by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ), and an amendment that purports to prohibit D.C. from spending local funds to carry out a law that reduces funding for the Metropolitan Police Department, from Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA).
Perry also brought forward two traffic-related amendments. The first purported to prohibit D.C. from spending local funds to carry out an existing D.C. law that authorizes automated traffic enforcement, such as red light and speed cameras. The second would prohibit spending local funds to enact a law or implement a program to reduce speed limits to 15 miles per hour or lower.
“Once again, we have defeated all the anti-home-rule amendments filed by Republicans to the D.C. appropriations bill,” Norton said in a statement. “I thank the Rules Committee for defeating these anti-democratic amendments. We have shown that the House Democratic majority will not tolerate any Member seeking to abuse congressional power to interfere in the District’s local affairs.”