Schumer, chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, explains a new mobile app for smartphones that will provide ticket and travel information for the presidential inauguration.
Though it is not illegal to resell the 250,000 tickets specially printed by the Government Printing Office, the practice is frowned upon, and Schumer renewed his call for online marketplaces like Craigslist and eBay to prohibit users from auctioning off their tickets. StubHub, on its own accord, has agreed to ban inaugural ticket sales, and eBay has removed inaugural ticket sales.
An eBay spokesman told CQ Roll Call that “the tickets that were up for sale for President Obama’s inauguration have been removed from eBay.” The spokesman said the company was not responding to Schumer’s request but, rather, because the sales were in violation of eBay’s ticket policy.
“Having an inaugural ticket is a privilege,” Schumer said. “It is not something that should be used for profit.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.