Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Councilmembers on possible government shutdown

Ward 6 CM Tommy Wells and At-large CM Anita Bonds yesterday issued statements about the possible federal, and resulting DC, government shutdown.
  • Wells: Possible Federal Shutdown's Impact on DC Residents is an Outrage: Wells said, "It's an outrage that DC residents may suffer once again because of the dysfunctional behavior of Republicans in Congress."   He continued, "This sorry incident is one more emphatic example why DC needs Home Rule now. It's ridiculous that our city is held hostage to the federal budget. No other state in the country - no other city - has to go through this."   Read the rest of his statement online.
  • BONDS SUPPORTS DECLARING ALL DC EMPLOYEES ESSENTIAL: CM Bonds has urged the DC Council to
    declare all District employees essential in the event of a federal government shutdown. The shutdown, which would furlough up to a third of public employees and cease vital services in the District, would have devastating effects on the residents, workers, and economy of the District of Columbia.

    Bonds said, "The services that the DC government provides are a necessity for the safety and health of every resident, employee, and visitor." She added, "The District of Columbia is exceptional in that it performs the functions of a municipality, a county, and a state—and all of these services are interrelated and codependent."

    Read the rest of the release online.

Other CMs have staked out positions on this important subject.   A soon-to-be-released Mayor-DC Council breakfast recap Storified will include tweets by local media about the possible shutdown re: perspective of the CMs.

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