WASHINGTON (AP) - District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray is calling on city residents to join him in speaking out against the federal government shutdown.
Gray is scheduled to appear Wednesday morning alongside Eleanor Holmes Norton, the D.C. delegate to Congress, at a news conference outside the Capitol.
He says all residents, workers and visitors should join him in condemning the shutdown and describing its negative effects.
On Tuesday, Gray demanded a meeting with President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner.
He says the city is suffering as a result of the shutdown.
The D.C. Council approved use of emergency funds to keep the local government in operation during the shutdown, but the mayor warns that those funds will soon be exhausted.