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Mayor Gray Thanks House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa for Placing DC Oversight with Full Committee

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Mayor Gray Thanks House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa for Placing DC Oversight with Full Committee

Mayor Thanks Issa and Rep. Trey Gowdy for Respecting District, Looks forward to Future

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today said he was pleased to hear news that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who chairs the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform, has decided to handle issues pertaining to the District before the entire committee in the 113th Congress.

In previous sessions of Congress, responsibility for oversight of issues directly affecting the District was handled by a subcommittee. But Rep. Issa’s move means that such oversight will now be the responsibility of a high-profile panel chaired by a Congressman who has made good-faith efforts to respect and expand the District’s autonomy and work cooperatively with DC leaders during his time at the committee’s helm.

For instance, Issa has made significant efforts to allow the District to reconsider the Height of Buildings Act, a century-old law that limits the heights of buildings across the entire city. He  also advanced a bill that would have given the District significantly more autonomy over its own budget.

“Building on the strong working relationship that we’ve established over the last two years, I look forward to continuing to work with Congressman Issa on ensuring that Congress treats the 630,000-plus residents of the Nation’s Capital with respect and dignity,” said Mayor Gray. “I’m glad that someone who has proven to be a trustworthy partner in respecting our autonomy will be leading congressional handling of affairs that affect our city, and I look forward to working with him on the Height Act, budget autonomy and other efforts during the 113th Congress.”

In the 112th Congress, DC issues were handled by the House Oversight Committee’s Subcommittee on Health Care, the District of Columbia, the Census and the National Archives. Mayor Gray also thanked the subcommittee’s chair, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) for his service.

“Congressman Gowdy, even as a freshman member of the House, demonstrated a deep concern for respecting the District of Columbia and familiarizing himself with the issues affecting our city – and he always worked with our elected officials respectfully and in good faith,” Mayor Gray said. “I thank him for his service, and appreciate his thoughtful stewardship of the responsibilities entrusted to him.”

Mayor Gray also expressed his continued thanks for the ceaseless work that Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton has done to represent the interests of the people of the District of Columbia and advance the cause of self-determination, autonomy and voting rights for the residents of the Nation’s Capital.

“Congresswoman Norton has been, and continues to be, a one-woman juggernaut in defending the rights of our residents, and I thank her for her never-ending work in championing our cause,” the Mayor said.