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District leaders are considering defying Congress to keep the city government running even if the federal government shuts down due to a budget impasse.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has deemed all District workers essential in order to keep local government services up and running even if the federal government would shut down.
Hundreds of thousands of federal employees around the country could be furloughed if the federal government shuts down. But they're not the only ones whose jobs would be at risk. Federal contractors' jobs depend on the government operations too.
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