Eleanor Holmes Norton, our D.C. delegate, is always looking out for us. Even though outfits such as Newsweek seem to think it’ll be unlikely we’ll head into a shutdown on Friday December 8, the possibility always lingers.
While most people aren’t affected directly by this process– unless they work for the Federal Government– D.C. residents have to deal with the unpleasantness of a closed government. This means our trash piles up, there is no snow removal or leaf collection, no one is around to pick up the dead rat near Senator McConnell’s house (Thanks DPW!), and DC residents have to deal with a city on a really inconvenient and stinky holiday.
Norton’s staff shared details on how the Congresswoman included a critical provision in the FY 2017 omnibus appropriations bill. This provisions allows the District to “spend under its local fiscal year 2018 budget during a federal government shutdown in fiscal year 2018, subject to the terms and conditions of the fiscal year 2017 omnibus.” This is a provision that Norton saw fit to include since 2013. Who remembers the piles of trash everywhere in October of that year? Not pretty.
Why should our District suffer because of the Federal government? In Norton’s own words, “Our city has done its job and created a balanced budget. The District should not be the victim of a congressional debacle when it has done the right thing.”