2013 Presidential Inauguration Gets Squeezed from Federal Budget

The federal budget is so tight that even the 2013 inauguration is getting squeezed.

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The federal budget is so tight that even the 2013 presidential inauguration is getting squeezed. Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that handles federal printing costs, suggests that the initial $1.4 million payment to the Government Printing Office in the 2012 budget for producing security credentials, invitations, tickets, and event programs be held off for a year. But William Boarman, public printer of the United States, says that won’t work. “It needs to be in this budget,” he says. The money is typically approved in advance to give the GPO time to design and print the materials.

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