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Mayor Vince Gray wants the feds to reimburse the District for spending on the Occupy D.C. protesters—-according to the Examiner, he says the local government has spent $1.6 million on services:
“While we have a budget for protests, we don’t have this kind of money,” Gray told NewsChannel 8.
[Gray spokeswoman Doxie] McCoy said asking the federal government for reimbursement is routine, and that Congress or the Department of Homeland Security typically reimburses the city for costs related to major events, such as inaugurations. She said the city isn’t sure which agency they’ll request reimbursement funds from.
Abe Rakov, a spokesman for Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., said the federal government pays D.C. about $15 million a year to cover costs related to demonstrations and other federal events.
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