House Bill May Reimburse Maryland and Virginia For Inauguration

6:16 AM, Feb 24, 2009   |    comments
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- A measure in Congress would reimburse $20 million to Maryland and Virginia for costs incurred during President Barack Obama's inauguration.

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Congressman Steny Hoyer and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley made the announcement Monday.

The money is in a portion of the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which will soon be considered by the House of Representatives.

Maryland officials say it has not been determined how the money would be allocated between the two states. They estimate Maryland spent more than $11 million to provide security measures during Obama's train ride through the state, which included a stop in Baltimore.

Part of the bill also includes $35 million to reimburse the District of Columbia for inaugural costs.


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