WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The District’s residents, businesses and visitors are all in jeopardy with the continued government shutdown, according to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.
Gray spoke at Friendship Collegiate Academy Public Charter School in Northeast Washington Thursday night calling for residents to contact the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
“Tell them to remove the shackles and unbind the fetters that currently restrict the District from spending our own money,” Gray said.
The Anti-Deficiency Act prohibits federal agencies, and D.C., from spending money without Congressional approval of the budget. This has led to the city being unable to use its local money since the shutdown began on Oct. 1.