D.C. Budget Autonomy Building as Virginia Governor Voices Support

2/23/2012, 1:22 p.m.

Mayor Vincent Gray has issued a statement in reaction to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell going on the record in support of D.C.'s budget autonomy.

In the Feb. 22 letter to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, Gray states that, "I welcome Governor McDonnell's recognition that it's only fair and makes sense for the District of Columbia to have budget autonomy and I thank him for his outreach to House leaders.

"The Governor agrees that, among other reasons, the negative impact on the region that would result from a federal government shutdown, combined with the unnecessary disruption of District services, is basis enough for the District government to have control of our own taxpayer raised funds. This encouraging news comes on the heels of President Obama's inclusion of his support for budget autonomy in his budget legislation.

"I am delighted that momentum is building toward the District achieving the autonomy it deserves. However, as I noted in my State of the District Address, these are just steps along the way for the District to be afforded the right that every other state and city enjoys and we will continue to fight until the 618,000 residents of the nation's capital win full autonomy and democracy."