DC Government Shutdown Days Away?

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By Elesha Barnette

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton today alerted residents that the odds of a District of Columbia government shutdown have increased in the last 24 hours because of yet another federal spending fight having nothing to do with the District.

Only five months after the District of Columbia government barely avoided a shutdown in fiscal year 2011 because of the federal spending fight, it is in danger again because Congress has yet to pass any of the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bills. The federal fiscal year ends September 30, and while the House and Senate have been working on a continuing resolution to keep the government running in fiscal year 2012 they seem to have reached an impasse.

In a year that Americans repeatedly suffered tornadoes, flooding and wildfires, of all things they might possibly find to disagree about, they are stalled…

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