Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Preview of Mayor Gray's talk on government shutdown

(UPDATE: Event cancelled, 9/24, 11:22a) Today from 1:30 - 2:30 pm, Mayor Vince Gray and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton will talk about the District's plans should the federal government shut down October 1.   The release announcing the press event says:
WHAT/WHO: Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton will discuss the increasing likelihood of Congress not being able to reach a spending deal by midnight on September 30, triggering a shutdown of the federal government’s operations on October 1.


BACKGROUND: Congress appears increasingly unlikely to meet the deadline for funding the federal government on September 30, meaning at least a temporary federal shutdown is imminent. The District is the only state or local government in the country whose day-to-day operations are affected by federal shutdowns, because federal law prevents the District government from expending its own locally-raised funds in the absence of a federal appropriation.

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