As most every news outlet and blog has reported, Congress reached a budget deal that keeps the government open but also imposes policies on DC including a ban on any local funding for abortion and extending the school voucher program.

Residents and leaders are understandably frustrated that people who don’t represent us sacrifice our self-determination to make a deal. We’re trying to find out what became of other DC-specific budget items, especially the federal funds for Metro’s safety repairs, but even people who work in Congress don’t yet know all the details.

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.