Gray Warns of Possible D.C. Govt. Shutdown

WI Web Staff Report | 9/21/2011, 5:33 p.m.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray has expressed concern and dismay that once again the District of Columbia faces another possible government shutdown at the end of next week

The District, which lacks autonomy, is restricted from spending its own locally-raised funds without Congressional intervention. As a result, the shut down could result from the lawmakers' inaction.

"This unconscionable predicament we find ourselves in yet again is a reminder of the unfair treatment that the 600,000 citizens of the nation's capital suffer because we continue to be denied full democracy," said Gray. "How many times must the District of Columbia be treated like a political ping pong ball?"

Gray said his administration is revisiting contingency plans put in place in anticipation of a possible federal shutdown to ensure that the District of Columbia will be ready should Congress be unable to reach an agreement by the end of the fiscal year on Fri., Sept. 30.

The mayor noted the irony that the District of Columbia government has been fiscally responsible and has passed a balanced budget for 14 consecutive years, while Congress has been unable to balance the federal budget in recent memory.