President Trump has signed the $1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September, which includes money to reimburse Palm Beach County for security costs related to visits by the President.
$61 million of the budget is purposed for this, including $20 million to cover costs incurred when Trump was President-elect and $41 million dollars for expenses since he took office. The money is also allocated to pay back authorities in New York City for the president's visits there.
President Trump has come to Palm Beach 7 times since inauguration and 2 times after the election, but prior to taking office. Most of the money has been spent by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, nearly $4 million to cover the costs of assisting the Secret Service.
Now, the county will need to submit Trump-related expenses to the feds for approval, and receive reimbursement.
Republican Congressman Brian Mast and Palm Beach County's three Democrat Representatives, Lois Frankel, Ted Deutch and Alcee Hastings wrote a letter to the House Appropriations Committee in March, requesting the funds be paid back. After the budget passed, Mast released a statement promising to continue pressuring leaders in Washington to ensure Palm Beach County receives full compensation.
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