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Norton Statement on Budget Autonomy Referendum Court Decision


Location: Washington, DC

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) made the following statement on today's court decision that the budget autonomy referendum approved by D.C. voters in 2013 is invalid.

"Today's decision adds new urgency and necessity to moving our budget autonomy bill, which has bipartisan, bicameral support here in Congress and from the President," said Norton. "With today's decision, however, we will redouble our efforts to prevent any efforts by Congress to block or overturn the budget autonomy referendum, pending a final court decision. Whatever the final outcome of the Council's friendly litigation, it should help us bring the attention of the nation to the obligation of Congress to allow the District to control its locally raised revenue, like every other jurisdiction in the U.S. -- a central feature of democratic self-government in our country."

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