Vincent Gray testifying on Capitol Hill on D.C. budget

Every year, D.C. Officials are required to submit balanced budgets to Congress for approval. However, a hearing about it on Capitol Hill is unusual.

On Thursday morning, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray took a rare step and testified before a Congressional committee on the District's budget, a move that lawmakers are calling "unprecedented in recent history."

In announcing the hearing, a Congressional committee brought up the possible return of a control board to oversee the District's finances, which hasn't happened since 2001. Gray opposes the move, and so to legions of protesters over the past several months.

D.C. Faces a $322 million budget shortfall for the upcoming year, which the mayor wants to rectify with a mix of cuts and new taxes.