WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is urging city residents to vote for budget autonomy when the measure goes before voters next week.
Gray used his weekly Sunday morning radio address to voice his support for the measure that would give D.C. control of its own budget. The mayor said D.C. can’t pass up a chance to send a message that city wants control of its own finances.
“This would send a signal to Congress, the country and the world that we are sick and tired of the special burdens imposed on the District,” Gray said in his weekly address heard only on All-News 99.1 WNEW.
The charter amendment, which goes before voters April 23, would give D.C. the freedom to make its own budget decisions without Congressional approval.
Gray said he originally opposed the measure because the current state of affairs on Capitol Hill leaves D.C. in a tough spot.
“It risks angering Congress during a time when key congressional leaders have expressed significant openness to giving us budget autonomy,” Gray said.
If the bill is approved by voters, Congress still could reject the referendum. Gray said the city still needs to take advantage of the opportunity to make its voice heard.
President Barack Obama has offered his support for the measure.
Listen to Gray’s weekly radio address in its entirety: