Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray was arrested on Monday on Capitol Hill while participating in a protest rally against a federal government budget bill that will implement major spending cuts. The D.C. mayor was among the group of protestors who were blocking traffic and objecting over the city's potential loss of funds for abortion services in the federal budget deal. According to reports, Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray didn't receive government response to his recent letter regarding budget cuts that affect the Washington D.C. public and violates their rights.
The deal, which is under objection by the residents of Washington, would cut $38 billion in federal spending for the rest of the 2011 fiscal year. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray stated that he sent a letter to Republican Speaker Boehner and the Senate majority leaderto ask support for D.C. citizens, but got no response. Currently, 17 states provide abortion funding to their citizens. Though the D.C. ban was lifted in 2009, residents of the city haven't actually paid for many abortions. In spite of the lifted ban, nothing has changed yet for D.C. residents.
The measure against which D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray was protesting includes a ban against using local and federal funding for abortion in Washington. During the protest, D.C. Mayor Gray stated that this is an absolute travesty and D.C. deserves to be free. D.C Mayor expressed his thoughts on the issue saying that women in the District Columbia have been subjected to a set of rules that no other woman in U.S. city is subjected to. According to a statement released, Mr. Gray stated that all D.C. wants to do is to spend our own money.
On the whole, 41 people were arrested and charged with blocking a street on Constitution Avenue near a Senate office building. The people arrested include D.C Mayor Gray, City Council Chairman, Council members Muriel Bowser, Tommy Wells, , Yvette , and Sekou Biddle.
Prior to D.C. Mayor's arrest, he addressed the gathering saying that he is sick of being a pawn in a political game. After his release on Monday evening, Gray made a television appearance while wearing his plastic jail ID bracelet to remind people of the poor treatment from