DC mayor backs away from lawsuit, says she plans to move forward with 'budget autonomy' law

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WASHINGTON — District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser is backing away from a strange court battle with the D.C. Council over an issue they both agree on.

The council sued Bowser's predecessor, Vincent Gray, last year after he decided not to move forward with a city law that allows the District to spend local tax dollars without authorization by Congress. While the former mayor agreed that the city should be able to spend its own money, Gray argued that only Congress has the authority to grant the District that power.

But in a court filing on Monday, Bowser says she disagrees with Gray and intends to move forward with the so-called "budget autonomy" law unless a court orders her not to. The case is currently before a federal appeals court.

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