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DC prepares to stay open in event of US shutdown

September 27. 2013 2:40PM
Associated Press

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(AP) A federal government shutdown would close national parks, halt the processing of visa and passport applications and keep hundreds of thousands of federal workers off the job.

But the local government in the nation's capital insists it'll be open for business as usual.

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray this week declared all government operations essential. That means all of the roughly 32,000-member municipal workforce would be expected to report to work, even if the federal government shuts down next week.

A spokesman for the mayor says the Office of Management and Budget has not responded to the mayor's plan. OMB didn't immediately return messages for comment Friday.

For Gray, it's the latest act of defiance against Congress, which wields the ultimate authority over the district's budget and laws.

Associated Press

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