D.C. threatens to defy federal government shutdown

4:30 PM, Sep 24, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Congress has authority over District of Columbia affairs including its spending even though city officials say six billion dollars of their budget comes from locally generated funds.

The District's legislators say they are so fed up with the Congress imposing its political agendas on city folks that they are threatening to ignore an order-- if it comes-- to shut down federal and city agencies.

The D.C. Council says it will pass emergency legislation that re-classifies all city employees as "essential workers" meaning they can be exempt for a federal shut down.

City Attorney Irv Nathan says such a move by the Council would be a violation of federal law.

Councilman David Grosso says he would be willing to go to jail rather than keep city workers at home without benefit of a pay check. 

Mayor Vincent Gray told WUSA9 that he and the Council would be in agreement on whatever action is taken during the Council's upcoming session on Tuesday.   

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