As the Congress tries to approve a stop gap budget on Thursday and leave Capitol Hill for the rest of the year, lawmakers from New York are grumbling about the $7 million of extra funding in that plan, arguing their city is being shortchanged for necessary police security around President-Elect Donald Trump.
"Inexcusable," said Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), as lawmakers from New York expressed frustration that they weren't given the full $35 million request to pay extra work by the NYPD.
"The NYPD takes protecting the President-Elect and his family very seriously, but New York City residents shouldn't pick up tab," said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
"Our great city shouldn't have to foot the bill for these extraordinary security measures all by ourselves," said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).
Back after the 2008 elections, the feds reimbursed the city of Chicago for well over $1 million in police protection associated with President Obama.
But, Chicago felt like the feds should have coughed up even more money; a familiar echo is being heard now in New York.
If you go into the actual "Continuing Resolution," you see a similar situation developing into next year, as the Congress specifically says that New York will be eligible for extra money, only until Mr. Trump is inaugurated.
Watch for more on this next year.
That $7 million is part of the larger stop gap budget that funds operations of Uncle Sam until April 28, 2017.
The goal of House members is to approve that today - and get out of town until the New Year.