Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today wrote letters to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) asking them to include in a possible continuing resolution (CR) to reopen the federal government language to give D.C. the authority to spend its local funds for all of fiscal year 2014, and not just until the expiration of the CR if it is shorter than a full fiscal year.
"I ask that you include language to give D.C. the authority to spend its local funds for the full fiscal year, and not only until the expiration of the CR, so that D.C. does not face serial crises with almost no contingency funds left," Norton wrote in her letter.
Norton expressed the concern that if the District government shuts down again later this fiscal year, it is uncertain what municipal services would have to cease or be curtailed as the city's contingency reserve fund is exhausted. Not only do the more than 600,000 D.C. residents rely on these services, but all who visit or work in the city, private sector businesses, federal officials, federal buildings and foreign embassies. District financing agreements could also be terminated, further impacting city services, escalating the city's borrowing costs.
"The District government has worked too long and hard to develop an outstanding reputation on Wall Street, including accumulating $1.5 billion in reserves, one of the highest amounts in the country, to see it undercut over a federal shutdown," Norton added
Norton continues to call on Senate Democrats to pass the House-passed bill that would allow D.C. to spend its local funds during a federal government shutdown and for the Obama administration to remove its veto threat on the bill.