Posted: 10:11 pm Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
As the Congress tries to approve a stop gap budget on Thursday and leave Capitol Hill for the rest of the year, lawmakers from New York are grumbling about the $7 million of extra funding in that plan, arguing their city is being shortchanged for necessary police security around President-Elect Donald Trump.
“Inexcusable,” said Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), as lawmakers from New York expressed frustration that they weren’t given the full $35 million request to pay extra work by the NYPD.
Inexcusable. Chicago was reimbursed for then PEOTUS Obama's security & same with HOU for Bush's. NYC needs our resources for our NYCers! https://t.co/mMaLVouPmB
— Gregory Meeks (@GregoryMeeks) December 7, 2016
“The NYPD takes protecting the President-Elect and his family very seriously, but New York City residents shouldn’t pick up tab,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“Our great city shouldn’t have to foot the bill for these extraordinary security measures all by ourselves,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).
Just released House spending bill falls way short of paying back NYers for costs to secure Trump Tower. Very wrong. https://t.co/FHZOP5eUQC
— Carolyn B. Maloney (@RepMaloney) December 7, 2016
Back after the 2008 elections, the feds reimbursed the city of Chicago for well over $1 million in police protection associated with President Obama.
But, Chicago felt like the feds should have coughed up even more money; a familiar echo is being heard now in New York.
If you go into the actual “Continuing Resolution,” you see a similar situation developing into next year, as the Congress specifically says that New York will be eligible for extra money, only until Mr. Trump is inaugurated.
Watch for more on this next year.
That $7 million is part of the larger stop gap budget that funds operations of Uncle Sam until April 28, 2017.
The goal of House members is to approve that today – and get out of town until the New Year.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.