Nonvoting DC Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), said that barring women from getting abortions with public money created a "severe hardship." The measures are expected to pass the Senate next week.
President Obama has repeatedly supported giving the city a voting member of Congress, which Republicans fear could lead to the city being given a Senator or two -- who would undoubtedly be Democratic. Opponents also say that changing any laws governing the city would require a Constitutional amendment. Given Congress' usual disregard for the Constitution, it's not surprising they're ignoring that imperative.