Thursday, September 19, 2013

Congresswoman Norton's plan to keep the DC government open

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton has engaged in her annual plea for District autonomy of a sort related to the federal government budget, CR, debt ceiling debate, and pending federal government shutdown.   Today, Norton issued a press release explaining the situation and including her letter to congressional leaders.   The first part of the release is here:
As Government Shutdown Chances Increase, Norton Alerts Mayor Gray and Urges Legislation to Keep D.C. Government Open

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After House Republicans included a provision defunding Obamacare in their fiscal year 2014 short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the federal and District of Columbia governments running after September 30, 2013, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today took several steps to keep the District government open. Norton alerted D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray that, due to the addition of Obamacare defunding, the chances that Congress will pass a CR to keep both the D.C. and federal governments open are significantly reduced. Today, Norton also sent letters to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) urging them to bring a bill to the floor that will keep the District of Columbia government open in the event of a shutdown on September 30, 2013. Norton is requesting language similar to the legislation she worked on with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich that allowed D.C.’s government to remain open during the winter 1995-1996 federal government shutdown.

Norton's proposal, "District of Columbia Government Shutdown Avoidance Act of 2013"

would permanently prevent D.C. government shutdowns by authorizing the District government to spend its local funds in the event of a federal shutdown, just as every other jurisdiction in the country is permitted to do.

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