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House passes bill to fund D.C. government

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The House of Representatives have passed a bill to fund the D.C government. 

This bill now goes to the Senate for further approval. "Provide Local Funding for the District of Columbia Act" is to fund District of Columbia through December 15. 

In government shutdowns before, the government considered trash removal non-essential. But, D.C. Mayor, Vincent Gray has been actively speaking that all DC government employees are essential in the event of a shutdown. 

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DC workers getting paid, federal workers going home

WASHINGTON (WUSA9)-- In past years when the federal government is shutdown because the Congress does not approve a spending bill--it meant the Mayor of the District of Columbia had to dismiss all non-essential city workers as well.

On Tuesday when thousands of federal employees in the DC area were reporting for work only to close out their offices and work spaces it was business as usual for the 32,000 employees of the DC government.

That's because Mayor Vincent Gray told the Office of Management and Budget (and Congress) that he was treating every city worker as an essential employee. The mayor would be paying them with multi-million dollar contingency fund that had already been approved by the Congress in the last spending bill. 

So far so good for DC workers since Congress members seem so preoccupied with their own battles to worry about the city's employees.

Some in GOP breaking ranks with leadership

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- At least a few House Republicans are breaking ranks with leadership and urging passage of a spending bill without attacks on ObamaCare.

Three of them are from Virginia.

Scott Rigell and Randy Forbes from Hampton Roads and Frank Wolf from Northern Virginia are among the small group of House Republicans who have given up the fight overnight and now say its time to re-open the government... that fighting ObamaCare this way is a dead end road.

Wolf sent all but two of his aides home... and then took to the media to express his frustration.  "I think it's time that they open up the government.... I would vote for a clean continuing resolution. You can fight, but you don't shut down the government."

Congress plunges nation into government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bitterly divided Congress has plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown as a deadlock over President Barack Obama's health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800,000 federal workers off the job and suspending all but non-essential government activities.

The shutdown, the first since the winter of 1995-96, closed national parks, museums along the Washington Mall and the U.S. Capitol visitors center. Agencies like NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency will be all but shuttered. People classified as essential government employees - such as air traffic controllers, Border Patrol agents and most food inspectors - will continue to work.

The military will be paid under legislation freshly signed by Obama but paychecks for other federal workers will be withheld until the impasse is broken.


White House tells agencies gov't will shut down

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House's budget office says it's notifying federal agencies that the government will shut down Tuesday.

WUSA9 speaks to D.C. Mayor about government shutdown

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. Mayor, Vincent C. Gray speaks to WUSA9 about the government shutdown.

You can click on the video to watch the full interview. 

Few signs of compromise as government shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (WUSA9/AP) -- At midnight the current budget expires, meaning the government will  be forced to close services which are not deemed to be "essential." But Congress can't seem to find, or is politically unwilling to find, a compromise on a bill to keep the government  running.