News Release

End of Federal Government Shutdown a Relief for the Region

Oct 17, 2013

“The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is relieved and thankful that Congress has taken bipartisan action to reopen the federal government,” Karen Young, the Council’s Board of Directors chairwoman said today. “We strongly support lawmakers on both sides of the recent impasse who understand that a shutdown – which caused irreparable harm to our local and national economy - should not occur again.”

“The Council also applauds the decision to grant the District of Columbia autonomy over its own budget through this fiscal year, and would support that measure as a permanent change,” she added.

Last week, the Council of Governments wrote to the region’s representatives in Congress calling on them to pass a clean continuing resolution to reopen the federal government. Yesterday, the elected leaders of the area’s four largest jurisdictions, the District of Columbia, Fairfax County, VA, and Maryland’s Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, met to discuss the local impact of the shutdown. A regional
economist estimated the government’s closure had an economic impact of more than $200 million a day on the region.

Back to news

Related News

  • Governor McAuliffe, Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, Mayor Bowser, and Governor Hogan
    News

    Regional delegation travels to Canada to promote trade and tourism

    October 4, 2017

    District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe led a joint marketing and trade mission to Canada...

  • News

    COG statement on regional trade mission to Canada

    August 28, 2017

    COG applauds the announcement that the region’s top elected officials – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and...

  • George Washington University's commencement
    News

    Kenyan McDuffie: How does the region maximize our skills base?

    June 15, 2017

    As graduation season wraps up in metropolitan Washington—a time to celebrate achievements and the possibilities for the future—it is important that government,...