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DC Council votes to keep local government open

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ERIC TUCKER | October 1, 2013 02:07 PM EST | AP

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WASHINGTON — District of Columbia lawmakers have approved a measure that allows local workers to remain on the job and get paid during the partial federal government shutdown.

The D.C. Council voted Tuesday on emergency legislation that would pay tens of thousands of municipal workers out of contingency and emergency cash reserve funds. Officials say the funds would support government operations for a couple of weeks if necessary.

Mayor Vincent Gray, who separately designated all D.C. government operations essential during the shutdown, appeared in the Council chamber as the measure easily passed.

The moves mean that the roughly 32,000 municipal workers are expected to report as work as usual and that the local government will not be affected by the shutdown.