Trump's Military Parade Could Be Pricey: OMB

Mick Mulvaney says it could run between $10M and $30M
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 15, 2018 9:55 AM CST
Trump's Military Parade Could Be Pricey: OMB
Mick Mulvaney makes a note while attending a House Budget Committee hearing on Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington after attending Ash Wednesday services.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The White House budget director said Wednesday that a military parade envisioned by President Trump won't come cheap: It could cost between $10 million and $30 million, although that money isn't included in the administration's new budget request. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee that estimates are "very preliminary," reports the AP. "I've various different cost estimates from between I think $10 million and $30 million, depending on the size of the parade, the scope of it, the length of it," Mulvaney said. "We've not accounted for it in this year's budget simply because it's come up at the last minute."

Officials such as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis have confirmed that Trump has pushed for a large-scale parade to trumpet the US military, but Mulvaney said the administration hasn't decided to go forward with it. "We'll continue to work with you folks if we decide to push forward," Mulvaney told the lawmakers. Mulvaney said the administration would have to seek an appropriation from Congress or redirect existing funds to finance the parade. Trump's new budget requested $686 billion for the Pentagon's budget next year.

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