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Iowa congressman calls for economic recession in D.C.

In this WTOP file photo, Clark Construction cranes are ready to work at the site of The Wharf, a development project that will transform the Southwest Waterfront, in July 2015. Clark executives have purchased a 100 percent stake in the iconic D.C. construction firm. (WTOP/Ari Ashe)

WASHINGTON — D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has responded to recent criticism from a colleague who called for the city’s economic downturn on Twitter this week.

Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, tweeted a photo of cranes doing construction work along D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront, and claimed the city was “being built on the backs of U.S. taxpayers.”

“D.C. needs a recession,” he went on to write. Blum tweeted something similar in October.

Norton fired back on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.”

“Federal taxpayers have nothing to do with the boom in Washington,” she said in response to Blum’s recent comment. “Whatever you see in Washington comes out of my pocket, not your pocket as a federal taxpayer.”

Norton then criticized Blum on Twitter, saying local tax dollars fuel D.C.’s economic growth.

Blum’s office could not be reached for comment.

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