by April Watts
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton has carried the torch of DC Statehood since it was passed to her, decades ago, by her predecessor former delegate Rev. Walter E. Fauntroy. Norton has been a staunch advocate for the cause, but never appeared more passionate than in a recent interview with Fox 5′s Allison Seymour.
Outraged over the recent treatment of the District during federal government shutdown resolution talks, Norton said, “It’s time that the District of Columbia told Congress to go straight to hell.” Norton is riled up over a rider to a bill that prevents DC from spending its own tax revenue on abortions for low income women.
Moreover, if Congress does not reach an agreement on budget cuts and how to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year, nearly 800,000 federal employees could be forced to stay home as of this Saturday.