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“I really think that ought to be the priority now,” he said after the hearing.

Mrs. Norton, an outspoken advocate for D.C. rights, appeared surprised by Mr. Issa’s proposal, noting from the dais, “This is the first I’ve heard of it.”

She said she would like to build on the plan. Earlier in the hearing, she criticized congressional leaders for placing riders on spending bills that affect the District without city approval.

She said the measures were unfair “because members from Arizona want you to do what they do in Arizona, and members from Ohio want you to do what they do in Ohio.”