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Bridget Johnson


October 10, 2013 - 7:15 am
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D.C. leaders have been arguing for budget autonomy — especially during the government shutdown. Yesterday on the steps of the Capitol, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray took the opportunity to crash a presser by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to press the issue.

Reid’s answer to Gray as the cameras rolled? “I’m on your side. Don’t screw it up, OK?”

Then Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) came down to fight Reid’s battle against the mayor, telling Gray that everyone’s got problems and he needs to be working to open the government.

What D.C. wants is not an appropriation, but what’s already in the till for the District.

“This is about the District’s money,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). “This is not an ‘appropriations bill.’ The bill that the Mayor’s coming to talk about today simply unlocks the District’s ability to spend their own locally derived money.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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“I’m on your side. Don’t screw it up, OK?”

Now it's the D. C. Dems getting the 'I'll tell you what's good for you.' treatment and not liking it. Traditional Dem voting blocs are getting much to consider these days.
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