WASHINGTON (WNEW) – For the first time in more than two decades, a committee in Congress may vote to overturn a local D.C. law, causing concern for Mayor Muriel Bowser.

A House oversight committee is scheduled to vote on a measure that would kill a D.C. law that bans discrimination based on the use of birth control.

Bowser says Congress should keep out of this.

“The duly elected officials of the District should be respected,” she says.

Bowser believes the 2016 race for the White House could have a big effect on Washington, D.C. if Republicans try to influence local laws like this one for political gains.

“[It’s] unfortunate that responsible legislators would use the legislative process to further their political ambitions,” Bowser says.

The president would never overturn it, but this type of measure could be added to future must-pass legislation, like a budget bill, WNEW’s Matt Delsignore reports.

Bowser met with three Senators Tuesday, including two Republicans, who have leading roles in oversight of the District.

WNEW D.C. Bureau Chief Matt DelSignore contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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