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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (left) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (left) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
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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.

By BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press

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