House Passes D.C. Appropriations Bill Without Riders | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

House Passes D.C. Appropriations Bill Without Riders

Play associated audio

By Rebecca Blatt

The U.S. House has passed a D.C. Appropriations bill, approved already by a House-Senate conference committee, without any riders restricting how the city can spend its money.

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says it's the first time in her memory the House has not imposed conditions on the District's money. She says riders are undemocratic, but there's one she calls the most lethal: a ban on funding for needle exchange programs. Norton says it's the reason D.C. has such a high rate of HIV infection.

"This rider has been responsible for the deaths and illness of thousands of Washingtonians," Norton says. "Getting rid off it once and for all...is to be celebrated."

Congress removed the rider in 2007, but some lawmakers had tried to add restrictions this year.

The bill approved by the House also removes riders on abortions for low-income women and a medical marijuana law residents approved in a referendum 11 years ago.

The bill still needs Senate approval.

NPR

'Furious 7' Races To New Record, Quickly Hitting $1 Billion Mark

Universal says the movie is the studio's first to cross the billion-dollar mark during its first run in theaters, putting it above films such as Jurassic Park and Despicable Me.
NPR

Culinary Siblings Give Pasta A Healthy Makeover

In a low-carb world, pasta has issues. But it's poised for a comeback, say Joseph Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali, who talk with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about their cookbook, Healthy Pasta.
NPR

Advice For Beleaguered Battleground State Residents: Leave Town

With the presidential campaign season already underway, NPR's Linda Wertheimer has a hot tip for swing state voters feeling besieged: Rent your house to a political operative and take a vacation.
NPR

Company's Secret Weapon To Make Videos Go Viral

Videos don't always go viral just because they're clever or show a cat prancing on a skateboard. Often a company finds the video, promotes it and sells its licensing rights to media buyers.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.