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Harry Jaffe: D.C. asks Congress to erase $36 million bill to firefighters

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It might seem a tad hypocritical for Mayor Vincent Gray to appeal to Congress to intervene in a local budget matter at the same time he's asking for budget autonomy. But that's where he finds himself. In the fine print of the 2013 Budget Request Act, Gray has asked Congress to enforce a 2000 law affecting union contracts and overtime pay retroactively. Why would the city ask Congress to...