Report: Trump Owes $9M To Washington D.C. For Unpaid Inauguration Bills
Monday, Washington D.C. Mayer Muriel Bowser sent President Donald Trump a letter requesting $9 million to reimburse the city for resources and support provided to the federal government, according to local CBS station WUSA9.
Bowser stated that events such as the 2017 presidential inauguration and the Salute to America Fourth of July festivities cost the city a total of about $9 million. Bowser wrote, "As Mayor of Washington, D.C., my greatest responsibility is to provide for the safety of our residents and national visitors, as well as to lead the region in performing the unique task of providing daily security to our federal leaders and facilitating security at large national events such as the Presidential Inauguration.”
The mayor received notice that the city’s emergency fund is $6 million overspent, due in part to increased demands for heightened security and a $7.3 million expense for security at Trump’s inauguration ceremony. Congress did provide $13 million over the last 3 years, but D.C. officials project expenses from the July 4 activities will zap the city’s budget, leaving no funding for the rest of the year.
Bowser ended her letter with, “As we continue to gather estimates for the next Inauguration, we ask for your help with ensuring the residents of the District of Columbia are not asked to cover millions of dollars of federal expenses and are able to maintain our high standards of protection for federal events."