City Desk

Crisis (Probably) Averted: Government Shutdown Unlikely

Looks the government shutdown won't be happening after all. For now. NPR reports that a deal has been reached for a trillion dollar spending bill and the vote is to take place this afternoon. Congressional leaders are also considering an extension bill that would fund the government—and D.C.—for two more months before the threat of a shutdown happens again. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says, "We'll only do that if what we're working on doesn't work out."


For his part, Mayor Vince Gray yesterday released a statement explaining what would happen in D.C. if the government shutdown did occur, based on a contingency plan created in April. While crucial health, safety, and education services would keep running, a number of other services would be suspended:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles: All locations will be closed.
  • Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs: The permitting and licensing functions will not operate during a shutdown.
  • Department of Public Works: Trash collection will not start until one week after shutdown. Street sweeping will be suspended.
  • Department of Transportation: DDOT will be operating with a skeleton crew, so routine maintenance and repairs will cease.  Emergency repairs will be made.
  • Public Libraries: All D.C. libraries will be closed.

Photo by jcolman via Flickr/Creative Commons Attribution Generic 2.0 License


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