Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released the following statement on Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa's (R-CA) decision to consider District of Columbia matters in the full committee, instead of the usual subcommittee, during the 113th Congress.
"I have just learned that District of Columbia matters will be considered in the full committee rather than the usual subcommittee. I am delighted about this change, which is the arrangement I requested when former Congressman Tom Davis (R-VA) chaired the committee. Chairman Darrell Issa has shown the same deep knowledge and concern for District issues and respect for the city's home rule and its general welfare. The direct involvement of a chairman who wants to strengthen the city and its presence in the Congress cannot be overemphasized. Chairman Issa has his own D.C. budget autonomy bill, which mirrors my own, and he was immensely helpful this Congress not only in getting D.C. legislation through his committee, but also on matters concerning the District in the Congress. On his own initiative, Chairman Issa held the first hearing on the Height Act in decades and took the first close look at the act since it was passed a century ago, with an eye towards giving the District greater leeway on issues related to building heights in home-town D.C. I am also immensely grateful to Chairman Trey Gowdy for his service as subcommittee chair. He visited D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and spent a great deal of time and effort familiarizing himself with the District. His deference and respect for the city was always evident, he always consulted on matters related to D.C., and always went out of his way to be helpful. We are fortunate that, as a freshman, he performed with such excellence and respect for our city and its residents."