New Mayor Vincent Gray joined other elected officials and activists in the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning to speak out against the proposal to strip D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton of her vote in the Committee of the Whole.
Under Democrats' control of the House, Norton was allowed to vote on proposed changes to bills, although the vote wasn't binding if it was a deciding one, and she could not vote on the bill's final passage. But it did allow Norton to vote on issues that affect District residents, and advocates viewed it as a step towards full voting rights.
Gray and Norton gave forceful speeches condemning the move. The congress member says it seems like the situation could develop into a full-scale war on District home rule, while Gray called the Republicans' plans "an absolute, outrageous insult."