D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton pleaded for the District’s local budget to be separated from the federal budget, saying the shutdown will have a greater affect on city residents than other Americans.
“By all rights of federalism, [D.C. funding] shouldn’t be up here in the first place,” the city’s nonvoting congressional representative said Wednesday on MSNBC. “What I’m trying to do is to extricate the District of Columbia’s local budget from federal appropriations and I have to continue to do that. The District only has about two weeks of contingency funds to pay its employees, then what does it do?”
If the city runs out of contingency funds before Congress passes a continuing resolution, city services like trash pickup will be interrupted.
The Democrat said she believes the shutdown will continue until the country reaches the debt ceiling limit on Oct. 17, which will leave Congress dealing with two financial crises instead of one. By that time, the District will be out of money and reliant on federal funds.
“The District of Columbia will be caught in that crisis unless you let my people go,” she said.