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Government shutdown 2013: D.C. workers face uncertain future

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - As federal workers from the Ronald Reagan Building protested next door, life for workers at D.C.'s City Hall, the Wilson building was normal. But for how long?

"While the district does have access to some emergency reserve funds so a payroll went out today and people are being paid,” D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson says. "We're trying to see if we can make the next payroll, but it's not clear at all."

Ironically, the city's awash in cash in the bank but can't touch that until the feds say okay.

City workers seem happy they've been spared the fate of their federal counterparts.

“I'm glad I feel so extra special to be an essential worker,” says bus driver Sheila Brown.

D.C. failed to pay it's Metro bill and is worried about a big bill due next week for charter schools.

But so far, D.C. is paying employees.

"The money will run out at that point they'll be working with a delayed paycheck," Mendelson says.

Given the fallout and anger from the federal shutdown, the local “big four” are holding a rare strategy session on dealing with shutdown.

The top elected officials in Fairfax, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties will meet with D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray Wednesday at D.C. city hall.

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