Meghan Keneally
Daily Mail
Oct. 8, 2013

A $5million order for custom crystal glasses and bar accessories was placed for American embassies on the day before the government shutdown.

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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.

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