Shutdown threat ebbs for D.C.

September 30, 2013

Gray said Friday that the contingency reserve fund gives city “flexibility” in case of shutdown. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

As Congress moves ever closer to the shutdown brink, it has become increasingly clear that the District government won’t be falling off the cliff with the feds — at least, not at first. The Obama administration has yet to rule on whether Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s bid to designate all 32,000 city government employees as exempt from furlough is legally kosher, but his Plan B is looking good: Top city lawyers on Friday signed off on the use of the $144 million Contingency Cash Reserve Fund to keep the District government open in the case of a federal shutdown. That’s enough cash to keep things running for roughly two weeks without a significant confrontation. But, of course, for some city leaders, confrontation was kind of the point. Alas, fighting words will have to suffice for now: “Why should we be made to suffer at the hands of an irresponsible Congress, when Congress should be the ones taking lessons from us on fiscal responsibility?” said Gray in his Sunday radio address.

In other news:

How Don Graham came to sell the Post (Post)

For ex-offenders convicted as minors, coming home means “finding new footing without much of a foundation” (Post)

Taxi Commission says it will consider exceptions to credit-card deadline on “case-by-case basis” (City DeskDCistAP)

Half of DCPS principals are rated “developing” — a notch above “ineffective” (Post)

University police departments ponder policing off campus (Post)

CFO pick Jeff DeWitt has already taken a whirlwind tour of the Metro system (Post editorial)

The local courts won’t be spared in a shutdown (Legal Times)

David Grosso: Nothing “nonchalant” about my support for civil disobedience (Post letter)

MedStar used Navy Yard shootings to undermine nurse staffing bill (WBJ)

Work begins on north-south streetcar corridor (WAMU-FM)

Keith Forney would like to know how he lost this contract (WBJ)

Former DCPS academics chief named Mississippi’s education superintendent (APClarion Ledger)

Rasmussen poll: Only 25 percent of Americans support D.C. statehood (City Desk)

With hotel set to open next year, “definite uptick in bookings” at Convention Center (Capital Business)

More Height Act musings (Post op-edCapital Business)

Howard U. president on big incoming class: “There’s a demand for the Howard product” (Post)

One dead, six wounded in weekend shootings (PostPost)

FEMS members hailed for Navy Yard response (Post)

Deferred-prosecution deal in drag assault has activists miffed (Blade)

D.C. health exchange chief: “I thought I was announcing good news, and no one wrote about it” (Wonkblog)

Learn more about the exchange on today’s Kojo show (WAMU-FM)

Muriel Bowser doubts decision to move forward with Hill East plan with one bid: “Not only do you probably not get the best price, you may not even get the best ideas” (Roll Call)

New Web site culls data on school feeder patterns (GGW)

Alice Rivlin remembers the 1995/96 shutdowns (Wonkblog)

The future of fast food can be found on 14th Street NW (Wonkblog)

Goodbye, National Aquarium (WRC-TV)

Don’t let D.C. become a Amsterdam-esque bicycle-crazed dystopia (G’town Dish)

Does this correlation equal causation? You make the call! (WRC-TV)

Luxury living is at a premium in D.C. real estate (Post Magazine)

Monty Hoffman tells Wendy Rieger that Southwest Waterfront construction will begin in “a few months” (WRC-TV)

Inside Chris Donatelli’s Forest Hills lair (Post)

No, the lack of a J Street has nothing to do with John Jay (Post column)

Help some D.C. teachers help their kids (DCist)

Georgetown still loves Jack Evans (G’town Dish)

Muriel Bowser has an Evans-type parking problem (New Columbia Heights)

Panda cub is still kicking! (Post)

Skinny-tie Vince (@GWUArchives)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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