Delegate: DC residents should tell Congress to 'go straight to hell'
April 7th, 2011
12:54 PM ET
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Delegate: DC residents should tell Congress to 'go straight to hell'

Washington (CNN) - District of Columbia Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton lashed out at Congress over the budget battle on Capitol Hill, saying it's time the District of Columbia "told the Congress to go straight to hell."

The Democratic non-voting member of Congress represents many of those who would be affected by a possible government shutdown. President Obama and congressional leaders are currently negotiating a deal to try to avoid a shutdown when the current continuing resolution that funds the government expires Friday. A visibly agitated Norton criticized members of Congress for their treatment of her constituents.

"District residents are being treated as colonists of the Congress of the United States. This is the equivalent of bombing innocent civilians," Norton told Washington news station WTTG-TV Thursday.

Norton blamed Republicans for pushing policy riders in a proposed stopgap spending measure that would prevent local taxpayer funds from paying for abortions.

The 11-term delegate said she is "not confident" a budget deal will be reached before Friday.

"If they don't get a deal done, if these Republicans insist that if they don't get the whole pie then take the whole country down with them, then we have got to make them pay the price," Norton said.

soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Arthur

    Thank you for saying what everyone else is thinking. The people in congress take the American people (not the 60,000 members of the tea party who represent no one) for granted. What happened in Wisconsin with the supreme court judges is just the start of the election revolt against the republicans. Unfortunately most of the democrats are not much better.

    Vote No Labels!

    April 7, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. ReallY!!?

    Why didn't Obama & the DEMS pass the budget last Sept as is required by the Constitution. That is part of the job of Federal Govt. We would not be in this mess if the DEMS did their job! I thought the Dems cared so much for the little people. Do u realize this whole debacle is a political play to get Obama re-elected. How do u explain there refusal to compromise on 30 billion? Simply put the Dems believe that a Govt Shutdown would work in their favor politically to get them re-elected? Do they care about the people not getting paid? Asolutely not! Or else they would have passed the budget when they were in control of the govt by a super majority!!! All DEMS care about is re-election for Obama.

    April 7, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. ReallY!!?

    Washington DC the District of Corruption!!!

    April 7, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. jim

    can't wait for the day DC turns to ash.

    April 7, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. rusty155

    I agree with you. It the Republican that does think It got to go all there way and that not right , and that not what the American People voted the Republican In control of the House for. But now they don't want to Compromise. That why American people put one party In control of the House and the other In control the Senate so they were to be some Compromise. So one Party won't control both the House and Senate. Now I think will be better off If we Left It a long and just have the Republican to just keep say NO , we be better off. If John Boehner could stop crying long enough to Stand up to the TEA PARTY we would have a deal by now. So I agree with President Obama NO MORE EXTENSION GET A DEAL DONE NOW. Or the Republican can pay the price later like 2012.

    April 7, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Fred May SR

    Way to go Ms. Norton, Its time sombody told the congress where to go. If every congressman would read his email Maybe he or she would realize how the American public feels about them. We but them in office we can vote them out.

    April 7, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. U.S. Common Sense

    Norton doesn't realize that it's not just the Republicans at fault here. She needs to blame her own party for not doing their job initially last year.

    April 7, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. GOP = Greed Over People

    The lady has a point, it could be said we the taxpayers are already taking a loss, as I am sure not much work is being done by any of those 800,000 soon to be furloughed employees as they are all discussing this moronic over reach by the GOP and anti-abortion tripe, and whether or not they will have a job on Saturday. If they are smart, they are using the business hours to apply for unemployment, BEFORE the offices close!

    I also want the GOP tea baggers to explain to our troops, how they justify NOT paying them for literally putting their lives in harm's way.

    This is how tea bagger show their "patriotism"?

    More like ungrateful cowards to me.

    The GOP wants to save the unborn on the coffins of our fighting men and women!

    April 7, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. Bruce

    Of course blame the Republicans. As if the Democrats had NOTHING to do with this right? maybe if her hapless party submitted a budget last summer like they were suppsoed to do and not sit on it, they wouldn't be in this mess. Sorry, blame the Democrats for their inactivity, not the Republicans who are only doing what their constituancies want them to do.

    April 7, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Rickster

    Shut up Eleanor. Typical democrat. "This is the equivalent of bombing innocent civilians".....what a pathetic loser. The fact is the only reason we are in this situation is because the democrats, under Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid failed to submit a budget for the current year and the reason they didn't submit a budget was because they didn't want the American people to see all of their outrageous spending and deficit. Also, the republican House has already submitted a budget that the democrat senate rejected. Thirdly, the republicans have offered a week-long continuing resolution which would give both sides more time to come with a solution......Obama has said no to that. If the shut-down occurs, it's all on the democrats.

    April 7, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. Liberals are the Real Patriots

    You tell them, Eleanor. This is nothing but sick racism perpetuated by the "tea bagging" (knuckle dragging) party that voters
    were so stupid to elect in November, and now holding the republicans hostage to carry out their un-American deeds.
    Why are Americans so stupid?

    April 7, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. gt

    sure be mad ...why not.. you deserve better.. why ... D C is a crime infested,welfare dependent,the school system is the worest anywhere.. yea.. be mad because ?........ D C your a burden on this country.....

    April 7, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Henry Miller

    "This is the equivalent of bombing innocent civilians,"

    This moron truly thinks that trying to save the country from bankruptcy is equivalent to burning people alive, ripping them limb from limb, or splattering them in bloody fragments all of the landscape?

    April 7, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Jason

    If DC residents had any sense, they'd strike until their delegates in both houses of Congress get to vote.

    April 7, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. sammieb51

    We're back to sleeping with the enemy when it comes to the GOP!!

    April 7, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. a in austin

    Enough is enough – please, place an amendment in there so you can all get recalled! It's not about party, it's about this country and we the people. The right wing nuts do not represent the majority of the people.

    April 7, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. so what

    Congress in is DC. They are already in hell...

    April 7, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. Nellie Bly

    I agree. On one side, you've got the G NO P simply because it will hurt the Obama adminstration and on the other, the won't compormise Dems. And then there's the only adult in the room, Obama, that can't get the kids to get along. And people actually are lining up to try and get his job in 2012!

    April 7, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. lynn

    Good for her, the rest of us are also sick and tired of the children we pay to run our Country. Hold back their paychecks until they have earned them.

    April 7, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. jm from sc

    Not only DC residents. While I do not agree with abortions, it should remain a moral issue. Congress can not legislate moral values and should not try to slip in laws to do so by adding it in the buget proposal.

    April 7, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. ja

    not only should D.c. residents, but america is being shorted, congress mostly serve lobbyist (corporate) interest

    April 7, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. terry,va

    Norton has left the main person out in telling to "go straight to hell". The blame lays directly on Obummie's shoulders. That idiot should have had a budget in place been last October. He controlled both houses by a super majority. He and his band of fools didn't get it done so Obummie should be the first one in line "to go straight to hell" as Norton says.

    April 7, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. Deb

    We will in 2012, Mrs. Norton. ALL Republicans.

    Obama 2012.

    April 7, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  24. Bob in PA

    Blame Blame Blame !
    Sit down with the Democrats and tell them to stop spending what they don't have.
    I live paycheck to paycheck and make ends meet. It's time the damm feds do the same.

    April 7, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. Disgusted in PA

    I agree!!!! No more deals from our side!! Do not cut planned parenthood or the EPA funding. Enough is Enough!

    April 7, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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