Congressional Republicans laid down an ultimatum for Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) Tuesday — demanding in a letter that Gray provide more information on the District’s now-ended funding for abortions.
While the 94 Republican signatories, led by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-N.Y.), accused Gray of snubbing previous requests, the Gray administration said today that it will meet their demands. And it worked in a poke at former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) in the process.
The Gray statement:
The Mayor has received the letter and is reviewing it. He wants to thank the Members of Congress for their interest in the health care services provided by the District for its low-income citizens. Since receiving the first letter in January, his staff has been in communication with congressional staff about this issue. Unlike previous Administrations, Mayor Gray will send a response.
Gray administration sources say it was Fenty who never responded to repeated requests from Hill Republicans for information on local-taxpayer-funded abortions — which, under Fenty, were allowed for the first time since 1995. Abortions were first covered by city-funded low-income health plans last August.