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Gray Calls Proposed GOP Cuts To D.C. 'Devastating'

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Gray says the District takes a direct hit of around $80 million in lost funding under the GOP's sweeping legislation to trim government spending. In particular Gray highlights the proposed cuts for school reform and HIV/AIDS prevention programs.

And with the District facing its own budget deficit that's been pegged as high as $500 million, the mayor says the timing couldn't be worse.

"The city government will now work quickly to learn where the cuts have been made in city services," Gray says.

He says he's asked his department heads to look at ways to soften the blow.

Finally, Gray says the cuts could require the city to raise additional revenue -- in other words, a potential tax increase.

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