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Does the public know how much D.C. spends on abortions, needle-exchange programs, condoms and birth control? What about substance-abuse and safe-sex programs?

Are Medicaid dollars spent “efficiently” and “effectively” for patients’ long-term healthier lives?

The committee’s mission statement says we have “a right to know that the money Washington takes from them is well spent,” and that it is your “duty” — your word, not mine — “to deliver the facts to the American people.” Again, your words..

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton certainly will kick up a dust storm if it appears Congress is intervening in city affairs.

That’s who she is, and that’s what she does.

And if this were Baltimore, Mr. Cummings‘ hometown, I probably wouldn’t be directing my concerns to either of you.

But this is Washington, D.C., hometown, if you will, for every red-blooded American.

I’m only asking that you ensure that their tax dollars, which you dispense and oversee, are spent in an “efficient, effective” manner before placing them in D.C. coffers.

Thanking you in advance.

Deborah Simmons can be reached at