Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser sent a letter to President Trump requesting more funds for the district’s Emergency Planning and Security Fund, since major events like the president’s 4th of July “Salute to America” parade and President George H.W. Bush’s funeral have depleted the fund. Bowser asked to be fully reimbursed for the $1.7 million the fund provided for 4th of July events.
Bowser wrote in her letter that the EPSF will be fully depleted by the end of 2019, with a deficit of $6 million. Bowser was a vocal opponent of Mr. Trump’s Salute to America celebration, decrying the cost and the potential effect on infrastructure. The celebration also cost the Department of Defense $1.2 million, the Pentagon told CBS News on Tuesday.
That figure does not represent the full cost of the event to taxpayers, but it does include the cost of flying hours and transportation for tanks and fighting vehicle platforms.