According to Roll Call, McDonnell’s Feb. 9 letter to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) backed the District’s longstanding demand that its budget not be tied to the congressional appropriations process, one that has often broken down and left the District’s government at risk of shutting down. For McDonnell, the annual budget uncertainties faced by the District are of regional concern.

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