Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray declares all city employees essential
Because several of you have asked: DC as a city would not be affected by a shutdown. Gray has designated all city employees as essential.
— Francesca Chambers (@fran_chambers) September 30, 2013
What happens to the District of Columbia in the event of a government shutdown? D.C. relies on money from Congress to operate, so technically, the city would shut down as well, with the exception of essential personnel such as police and firefighters.
Mayor Vincent Gray has come up with a solution to that problem. He has declared every one of the city’s 33,000 workers essential, simple as that.
It’s nice to feel needed.
All DC employees deemed essential. Well done Mayor Gray. #shutdown
— Neil Stormer (@neilstormer) September 30, 2013
— Amanda P. (@LivingUnited) September 30, 2013
Panda-Cam might go dark, but parking meters will be up and running.
DC mayor Vincent Gray solution to govt #shutdown – declare all govt ops essential & fund at existing levels – cite multi states of emergency
— American System (@A_S_P_E_school) September 30, 2013
Multiple states of emergency? Sounds like Washington, D.C. to us.
So…did Gray's plan of declaring all DC government employees essential actually work? #shutdown
— Alexandra (@snazzzyredhead) September 30, 2013
Did the mayor’s plan work? We’re not sure yet. Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney noted that no one has ever been prosecuted under the federal Antideficiency Act, so it’s unlikely the Depart of Justice would act this time. So for the moment, everyone’s essential.