—$1.2 million has been budgeted for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which stages the day's activities on the Capitol grounds, including the traditional inaugural luncheon for the president and vice president. The menu at the luncheon four years ago featured seafood stew, duck, sour cherry chutney and apple cinnamon spongecake.
Not everything costs money, though.
Tickets are free for the swearing-in ceremony. People interested in attending should contact their senator or congressman to request a ticket. Viewing from the National Mall does not require tickets.
Hotel rooms, however, will cost folks, and some packages require a big fat wallet.
For $100,000, the Ritz-Carlton has an "Access Washington" package that includes two first-class round trip domestic airline tickets, a four-night stay in a luxury suite, private and behind-the-scenes tours of Washington landmarks, an inaugural parade watching party at the Newseum, a designer dress and fancy tuxedo, a diamond and ruby pin and more.
Inauguration committee: http://www.inaugural.senate.gov
Architect of the Capitol: http://aoc.gov/nations-stage/inauguration-us-capitol
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