Senate Committee Clears D.C. Budget Bill

September 16, 2011  |  

(Washington Post) — A Senate committee cleared the bill containing federal funds for the District on Thursday without adding any controversial policy “riders,” setting up a clash later this year with the House over a possible ban on government-funded abortions in the city.  The Senate appropriations measure, which also covers the Treasury Department and several other agencies, is silent on the abortion issue and — despite fears from some local activists — no Republicans attempted to add such language during panel consideration. It was unclear when the bill will reach the Senate floor.

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