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      D.C. appropriations bill considered by House committee

      WASHINGTON (AP) - A House committee is set to consider a bill that sets the District of Columbia's budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

      The Committee on Rules will take up the bill on Wednesday afternoon. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the district in Congress, says floor action on the bill is expected later this week.

      The bill authorizes a $10.8 billion budget for the district for the upcoming fiscal year, of which $6.1 billion would come from local funds. It includes a provision that would bar the district from spending local funds on abortions for poor women, which Republicans have done whenever they've controlled one or both houses of Congress.

      Norton and other home-rule advocates are pressing lawmakers not to add any further social-policy "riders" to the bill.