For D.C., $62M Less and Abortion-Spending Ban
(Washington Post) — A House Appropriations subcommittee approved its version of the 2012 spending bill for the District on Thursday, passing along a relatively clean measure that could undergo bigger changes as it moves up the legislative ladder. The bill would cut the federal government’s payment to the city by $62 million, or 10 percent, compared with 2011. It also would ban the city from spending its own money to pay for abortion services, a provision that has angered local leaders. But it does not contain “riders” affecting the District’s ability to use local funds on needle-exchange programs or medical marijuana, nor does it affect the city’s law permitting same-sex marriage.