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DC GOP Event with Rep. Jo Ann Emerson


Rep. Jo Ann Emerson with DC GOP Chairman Bob Kabel

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson with DC GOP Chairman Bob Kabel

Last evening, I attended a wondeful reception put on by the Advisory Council of the DC Republican Committee.  It was at the lovely home of Linwood and Connie Tipton on Capitol Hill.  The featured guest was Missouri Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson.

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson with DC Log Cabin President Robert Turner

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson with DC Log Cabin President Robert Turner

Jo Ann, as she insisted I call her, is the first Republican woman to represent Missouri in Congress.  She serves as the Chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the District of Columbia and its budget.  Jo Ann has long been an advocate of keeping Congress out of DC’s interal governance and management as much as possible.

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson with School Board Member Pat Mara

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson with School Board Member Pat Mara

One of the key issues she touched upon in her talk last night, was passing a one year bill that would give complete control of the DC budget (minus dollars for abortions) to the DC Council.  This would allow for the District to not be held hostage in the instance of any budget stops or continuing resolutions at the federal level.

Many locally will balk at the restrictive abortion language that she is including, but this is a win and a definite move in the direction of local autonomy.  To use the Voltairian phrase often quoted by the President, we should not let the perfect become the enemy of the good.

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