DC mayor, Reid speak on phone after confrontation

By Ben Nuckols

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Oct. 10 2013 1:09 p.m. MDT

Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, left, greets Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., center, as Senate Democrats gather outside the Capitol to urge Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other House Republicans, to break the impasse on a funding bill and stop the government shutdown that is now in its second week, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in Washington. At right is Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.

J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray had what his spokesman calls a "cordial" telephone conversation with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid following their confrontation on the steps of the Capitol.

Gray stood next to his fellow Democrat at a news conference on Wednesday and asked him afterward if he would support a bill allowing the city to spend local tax dollars during the federal shutdown. Reid appeared irked and told the mayor, "I'm on your side. Don't screw it up, OK?"

Gray's spokesman, Pedro Ribeiro, says the two men spoke on the phone Wednesday evening and that there appear to be no hard feelings about the encounter. Ribeiro says Gray also spoke to White House officials Wednesday evening.

Democrats have objected to Republican-led piecemeal funding bills during the shutdown.

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