Del. Norton: D.C. Needs $30 Million to Cover Inauguration Costs
D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) is asking Congress to cough up more cash to help the District pay for inauguration planning and security costs.
The District has received $15 million already from the federal government, but Norton says the city needs twice that amount and is asking for $30 million, citing the large crowds expected for the event.
In a press release, Norton said the federal government paid Denver and St. Paul each $50 million for security for the Democratic and Republican national conventions, respectively, this summer. According to the Democratic Convention, the Denver convention attracted 50,000 people over four days, Norton said. More than 1 million are expected for the Obama inauguration..
David A Nakamura
December 18, 2008; 2:29 PM ET
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