LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) – As the government shutdown stretches into its 13th day, the District continues to stretch its reserve funds thin.
“So far, we’ve been able to manage to continue normal government operations by drawing on reserve funds, but those reserve funds won’t last forever. We’re getting to the point where we’ve exhausted every dollar legally available to us,” D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said in his weekly radio address exclusive to All-News 99.1 WNEW.
The Anti-Deficiency Act prohibits federal agencies and D.C. from spending money without Congressional approval of the budget. As a result, the District has not had access to its own tax dollars since the government shutdown began on Oct. 1.
In the 1995 government shutdown, D.C. was able to use locally-raised funds after five days.
Gray said the shutdown has caused major problems on city services.
“The shutdown is preventing us from making scheduled payments to our Medicaid providers, to Metro and to our public charter schools,” Gray said. “Already, our inability to spend our own funds is directly endangering the health, safety and welfare of our residents, visitors as well as business.”
Gray asked District residents to contact the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in an effort to allow the District to spend its own funds.
“This must end now.”
Gray’s full address:
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