WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, in a rare move, criticized Democrats on Capitol Hill who are opposing a Republican-backed move to approve city funding (Congress has the authority) through December 15th while still refusing to pass an entire funding budget that would include Obamacare.
Mayor Gray and the Republicans say it's the city's local dollars that are being held hostage by a national debate. Democrats counter that it's all or nothing; they won't move on any budget until Republicans stop refusing to fund the President's Affordable Health Care program.
The House, controlled by Republicans, approved the D.C. funding and sent the measure on to the Senate Wednesday.
Mayor Gray spoke at the DC Police Department's Training Academy where the city showed off its new $5.5 million Tactical Village -- a massive training facility that includes a mock school, streets, alley ways and other structures that will enable the department's elite Emergency Response Team to train indoors 365 days a year for emergency situations.
Chief Cathy Lanier says the recent Navy Yard mass slayings underscore the need for such continuing training.