Muriel Bowser
**FILE** D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that the District be fully reimbursed for funds used for the president’s 4th of July “Salute to America” parade.

Bowser also requests reimbursement for costs aligned with President George H.W. Bush’s funeral, which helped deplete the city’s Emergency Planning and Security Fund. Overall, Bowser seeks reimbursement of $1.7 million the fund provided for July Fourth events.

“These overages can be attributed to declining reserves, increased demand for heightened security, and a one-time draw down of $7.3 million to cover security costs associated with the 2017 Presidential Inauguration,” Bowser wrote.

She noted that Congress only provides the EPSF an annual budget of $13 million, when annual expenditures are closer to $16.5 million.

Bowser added that the EPSF will be fully depleted by the end of 2019, with a deficit of $6 million.

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