Gray calls emergency cabinet meeting to finalize shutdown plan

Mayor Vincent C. Gray has convened an emergency cabinet meeting at 4 p.m. today to discuss final plans for the imminent government shutdown.

The federal budget impasse stands to shutter swaths of the District government because while the majority of city government functions are funded by locally raised dollars, the entire D.C. budget is appropriated by Congress.

Tony Robinson, a spokesman for City Administrator Allen Y. Lew, said the meeting is “an opportunity to go over the plan once again and make sure everyone’s on the same page.” A list of answers to frequently asked questions will be posted to the dc.gov website by day’s end, he added.

In a Washington Post live chat this afternoon, Gray addressed the effect a shutdown would have on District residents and strongly criticized Congress for entangling the city in its budget dispute.

”We are not a Federal agency!” he wrote in response to one question. “The cost of our services is borne by the taxpayers of the District of Columbia. I will continue to speak out against this injustice and I hope that the residents of our city will feel just as outraged as I am.”

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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