Washington Mayor Vincent Gray and other top city officials were arrested on Capitol Hill on Monday during a protest of the budget deal House Republicans cut with President Barack Obama. The Mayor publicly chastised a rider in the budget that stops local taxpayer funds from paying for abortions in the District of Columbia. The Mayor also chastised a provision in the budget that allocates money for vouchers for low-income students to attend private schools. Capitol Police say they arrested 41 protesters for unlawful assembly, for “blocking passage” on Constitution Avenue near the Capitol. Protesters chanted “Free D.C.” and “We can’t take it no more.” Tensions have long run high between D.C. officials and congressional Republicans for years. The Republican Party has largely opposed the District’s effort to gain a full-voting member in the House. The district’s member of Congress, currently Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat, can vote only in committee.
Do you agree or disagree with the Mayor's stance on the abortion rider? Why? Do you agree or disagree with the Mayor's stance on providing vouchers for low-income students to attend private school? Why? Should D.C. have a full-voting member in the House? Why or why not? What do you think about the method the Mayor used to get his message across to the House, the Senate, and the President?