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WASHINGTON – District of Columbia leaders say they expect congressional Republicans to try to change D.C. policies on gun control, gay marriage and other issues, and they’re enlisting national advocacy groups to try to prevent that.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents D.C., said Wednesday that many members of Congress represent districts that have strict gun laws, gay marriage or needle exchange programs, and their constituents won’t be happy to find out their representatives want to meddle with D.C. on such matters.
D.C. home-rule advocates have delivered a letter to members of an appropriations subcommittee that’s signed by nearly 100 organizations, many of which have a national presence. The letter asks Congress to exist placing riders on next year’s budget that would restrict how D.C. can spend its local tax dollars.