State Department finalized a $5million order for custom crystal wine glasses for American embassies just hours before the government shutdown…(We Should Be In The Streets!!!)
By MEGHAN KENEALLY
7 October 2013
A $5million order for custom crystal glasses and bar accessories was placed for American embassies on the day before the government shutdown.
The State Department finalized the order for custom stemware on September 30, just hours before nearly one million federal workers were put on unpaid leave as a result of the on-going budget dispute in Congress.
The contract was awarded to Simon Pearce, a Vermont stemware company that makes hand blown crystal that retails for up to $85-per-wine glass.