WASHINGTON (AP) - A House committee is set to mark up the bill that provides federal funding to the District of Columbia.
The annual appropriations bill is sometimes modified by lawmakers who use restrictions on funding to influence social policy in the district. As in years past, it already contains language prohibiting the district from spending money on abortions.
A committee report on the bill also expresses disapproval of the recent referendum that would give the city more control over its municipal budget. The report says the committee considers the referendum "an expression of the opinion of the residents" and not a legally binding decision. It says the referendum won't affect the relationship between federal appropriations and the district. The referendum deals with local tax revenue rather than money appropriated by Congress.