The District government scored a significant victory in the deal forged by Congress to end the 16-day federal shutdown, winning the right to spend its local funds through next September, according to Capitol Hill officials.
Mayor Vince Gray had this to say in his statement on the end of the shutdown:
"I offer thanks to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate DC Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.), Senate DC Oversight Committee Member Mary Landrieu (D-La.), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), and President Obama for recognizing the District’s unique plight and that it is completely unjust for the District to be barred from spending our own local revenues during a federal shutdown," Mayor Gray said. "Most importantly, I want to offer my deepest gratitude to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, our tireless and fearless advocate for the people of the District of Columbia in Congress. We are fortunate to have her fighting for us every day."
The deal means that the October 21 rally being organized by DC Vote and many others is off. But that does not mean all is right with the world. There is still the issue of budget autonomy going forward. Look to the DC Vote website for a statement this morning.