During a meeting with the House Budget Committee on Wednesday, budget director Mick Mulvaney responded to a question from Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who wanted to know just how much would President Trump’s proposed military parade cost.
“I want to ask you about this military parade that the president is proposing. You know, the parade that is very similar to those held in authoritarian countries like in North Korea. How much is that parade going to cost and where is that money coming from?? Lee asked.
Mulvaney reminded her that “we’ve actually held military parades in this country before.”
“I’ve seen various different cost estimates of between $10 million and $30 million depending on the size of the parade, the scope of it, the length of it, those kind of things,” Mulvaney said. “We’ve not accounted for it in this year’s budget because it’s come up at the last minute,” he said, adding they will have to find funds for it if they decide to move forward.
The Hill reported:
Officials said earlier this month that they are in the planning stages for the event following a Washington Post report that the Pentagon was acquiescing to Trump’s request for a large-scale parade.
Trump has proposed a military parade multiple times during his presidency. After witnessing the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris in July, he told French President Emmanuel Macron that he was considering a similar demonstration for the July 4th holiday.
Democratic have joined with some GOP lawmakers to speak out against the parade, with many saying it could come off as “totalitarian” and would evoke demonstrations in North Korea and Russia.
Some have said a parade would be a waste of money, and that more should be invested into services like mental health care for veterans instead.
.@RepBarbaraLee: “How much is that parade going to cost and where is that money coming from?”@mickmulvaneyomb: “I’ve seen various different cost estimates from between I think $10 million and $30 million depending on the size of the parade.” pic.twitter.com/vsgO02PMPi
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