Cheers! State Dept. went on pre-shutdown booze binge

12/3/2013 | Washington Times, The

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In September, with the shutdown looming, the State Department rushed to spend $180,000 on premium booze for its embassies, bringing its total alcohol tab for the year to more than $400,000. The department's booze spending included $22,416 on wine for its Tokyo embassy, and $15,900 on bourbon and whiskey for its Moscow embassy. Officials said the expenditures were necessary to ensure that U.S. diplomats "make the best impression" on foreign governments.

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