President's Budget Plan Could Give D.C. Autonomy

D.C. could finally get control of its own budget.

Monday, Feb 13, 2012  |  Updated 12:49 PM EDT
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President's Budget Plan Could Give D.C. Autonomy

Tom Sherwood

Mayor Vincent Gray unveils a new budget surplus.

On Monday afternoon, District Mayor Vincent Gray will weigh in on how President Obama’s budget proposal will affect the District.

The Gray administration says the proposal will include language to support giving the District more control of its local budget. Officials say it advocates for the District’s local budget to take effect without approval by Congress.

The White House has pledged to work with Congress to amend the D.C. Home Rule Act to make that change.  Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has also pledged to craft a budget autonomy bill that is acceptable to district officials. 

Budget autonomy would protect the city in the event of a federal shutdown and allow district officials to reset the fiscal year.  Mayor Gray will hold a press conference on the issue at 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon.

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