November 21, 2011

In the Nov. 18 editorial “Thanks, but no thanks,” The Post agreed with District leaders that gaining budget autonomy is less important than maintaining the (currently disallowed) ability to use city funds to pay for abortions. While Congress’s constant meddling in purely local affairs is an affront to all District residents, this latest compromise should be accepted. Far from being a being a poison pill, as was the amendment to gut the city’s gun laws, the offer by House oversight and government committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) amounts to the only form of D.C. budget autonomy that could ever reasonably pass the GOP-controlled House.

If enacted, the restriction should be seen not as just another painful incursion on home rule but rather a sacrifice made to gain an important victory in the District’s fight to obtain full and equal rights.

Adam P. Lewis, Washington