Wisconsin budget panel approves recount reimbursement

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In this Nov. 20, 2020, file photo, Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell, seated, converses with election workers and legal representatives from the Joe Biden and Donald Trump presidential campaigns as a recount of the 2020 presidential election begins at the Monona Terrace convention center in Madison, Wis. President Trump filed a lawsuit Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Wisconsin, seeking to disqualify hundreds of thousands of ballots in a longshot attempt to overturn Democrat Joe Biden's win in the battleground state he lost by nearly 20,700 votes.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature’s Republican-controlled budget committee has approved reimbursing Milwaukee and Dane counties for costs incurred during the recount requested and paid for by President Donald Trump.

The reimbursement was hung up by the committee, but co-chair Rep. Mark Born said Friday that objection was removed after the counties submitted additional details about their costs.  The counties say the recount cost them combined about $2.4 million, which was less than the original projection of $3 million.

The recount confirmed Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in both counties, which was upheld by both federal and state courts. Biden won Wisconsin by nearly 21,000 votes.