Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Washington Mayor Vincent Gray will join a protest Monday on Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers to scrap from the budget compromise riders on D.C. abortion rights and a school voucher program.
Organized by the voting-rights group DC Vote, the rally aims to send a message to House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerBoehner: ObamaCare repeal and replace 'not going to happen' Former House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 MORE (R-Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThe Hill's 12:30 Report Hopes rise for law to expand access to experimental drugs If Gorsuch pick leads to 'crisis,' Dems should look in mirror first MORE (D-Nev.) and President Obama: Don’t “sacrifice” the rights of D.C. residents to get a deal on the budget.
“We may not have legislative power, but we have the power of the people, and D.C. residents refuse to be treated like second-class citizens,” it added. “D.C. is not weak. Tonight, we are going to fight back.”
Norton publicly chastised Republicans recently for pushing for a policy rider that would stop local taxpayer funds from paying for abortions in the District. A second rider would revive a voucher program, pushed by BoehnerJohn BoehnerBoehner: ObamaCare repeal and replace 'not going to happen' Former House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 MORE, that Gray has said is being “foisted” on the District.
“District residents are being treated as colonists of the Congress of the United States. We are absolutely outraged. This is the functional equivalent of bombing innocent civilians,” Holmes Norton told WTTG-TV Thursday. "It’s time that the District of Columbia told the Congress to go straight to hell.”
Planned for 5 p.m. outside the Senate Hart office building, the protest is also slated to attract supporters from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and DC for Obama, among others.