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DC Mayor asks White House for emergency declaration funding for inauguration security

January 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser on Sunday sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking for an emergency declaration in order to get additional funding for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration as safety concerns mount following the US Capitol breach.

Washington (CNN)Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser on Sunday sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking for an emergency declaration in order to get additional funding for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration as safety concerns mount following the US Capitol breach.

"In light of the attack on the Capitol and intelligence suggesting further violence is likely during the Inaugural period, my administration has reevaluated our preparedness posture for the Inauguration, including requesting the extension of DC National Guard support through January 24, 2021," Bowser wrote in her letter to the President.

Bowser's letter reflects the widespread safety concerns felt in the nation's capital and across the country in the wake of the violence at the US Capitol complex that left five dead, including an officer with the US Capitol Police.

Biden has indicated he intends to proceed with the inaugural -- already curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic -- as planned despite the violence at the Capitol last week.

Beyond seeking an emergency declaration, Bowser told CBS' "Face the Nation" earlier Sunday that she will also ask the Department of Homeland Security to begin their "national special security event" timeline sooner than planned, as well as include the US Capitol in their coverage area for the inauguration.

Bowser ultimately assessed in her letter to Trump that despite the security assets the city has in place, "significant preparedness gaps remain that cannot be remedied without this emergency declaration and direct federal assistance. "

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