WASHINGTON -- House Democrats postponed action by the full House yesterday on the supplemental fiscal 1994 and full 1995 appropriations package for the District of Columbia because they lacked the votes to pass the measure.
A vote on the spending measure now will not occur until after Congress returns from its Independence Day recess on July 11.
The package includes the 1995 federal payment of $668 million to the district and the annual federal contribution to the district pension fund of $52 million.
District officials are under pressure to come up with more fiscal 1995 spending cuts to appease members of Congress who are concerned about the findings of a recent General Accounting Office report on district finances.
Rep. Thomas Bliley Jr., R-Va., wrote letters to his colleagues this week urging them to suspend action until more cuts are made in the district's budget.
Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly has told Congress that the fiscal 1995 budget is balanced and that the fiscal 1994 budget will be balanced to accommodate her June 7 settlement with the retirement board on district payments to the pension fund.
Ellen O'Connor, the district's chief financial officer, told the district council Wednesday that the district expects to have a $1.876 million surplus by the end of fiscal 1994. The fiscal year ends September 30.