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Self Determination

During negotiations over the FY 2011 federal budget, the District suffered in many ways, including the uncertainty over its ability to use its own funds. Mayor Gray called national and international attention to this injustice by participating in an act of civil disobedience, along with 40 other citizens, including DC Councilmembers and community leaders.

The mayor's arrest and subsequent discussions with members of Congress led Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) to state in an oversight hearing that he was prepared to work with the District to develop a strategy in which the District's local funds would no longer be subject to the vagaries of the federal appropriations process. Discussions with Congressman Issa and other congressional leaders are ongoing.