Day 16 of the United States of America federal shutdown continues to hit federal workers hard. The full impact on the region that depends on the revenue from federal workers will be the topic of a strategy session at the John A. Wilson District of Columbia City Hall on 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, tomorrow.
The emergency meeting with include Mayor Vincent Gray; Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker; Montgomery County Executive Isaiah Leggett; and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova. The area leaders will discuss the federal government shutdown and its impact on the largest jurisdictions in the metro area.
“The top elected officials in metropolitan Washington’s largest jurisdictions will meet to discuss the local impact of the shutdown and strategies to help local governments and residents. The shutdown of much of the federal government, now in its third week, has had a devastating impact on hundreds of thousands of federal employees in metropolitan Washington, as well as local businesses and governments,” Gray said.
A week ago Gray led the city in an effort to let Congress know the special burdens placed on the District because it is considered to be an arm of the federal government. The government shutdown has also had a major impact on Prince George’s County as major federal sites such as the Patuxent Wildlife Visitors Center, NASA, the Greenbelt Research Center, National Archives II, and other federal facilities in the metro region have all been shut down.
Gray’s office said the Council of Governments’ Board of Directors sent a letter to all members of Congress last week asking them to pass a clean continuing resolution to reopen the government and put all federal employees back to work. The Board said the shutdown threatens to destabilize the progress made as a result of recent budget cuts following the Great Recession.
The planning session is closed to the press; however, Mayor Gray's office will send a report on the decisions made in the closed session. The D.C. Customer Service Examiner will report on those decisions as soon as the Mayor's office sends the report on what was decided in the closed session.