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Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2017 09:14 PM

Updated: Thursday, August 24, 2017 09:14 PM

Congressman Steve Cohen Introduces Series Of Amendments To Prohibit Federal Spending At President Trump Owned Businesses

Congressman Steve Cohen introduced a series of amendments to prohibit federal spending at President Trump-owned hotels, resorts and other Trump-owned businesses.

Congressman Cohen introduced 15 appropriations amendments that were offered to an upcoming appropriations package that is scheduled to be considered on the House floor in September.

“Congress should not allow the President to use his office to profit himself and his family,” said Congressman Cohen. “The President’s refusal to divest from his privately owned businesses creates a conflict of interest when steering federal spending to his resorts and other businesses.”

Press reports indicated that President Trump spent 40 of his 181 full days in office at a Trump-branded golf course. Reports also said that the Secret Service has spent $73,000 on golf cart rentals at Trump properties.

“The President’s refusal to divest also continues to raise serious questions about his compliance with the Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause, which is a vital protection against foreign governments’ corrupting influence,” said Congressman Cohen.

The Foreign Emoluments Clause prohibits the president from accepting payments and other benefits from foreign governments without seeking and receiving Congressional authorization.

“The American people should have total confidence that the President is serving their interest, not his own financial enrichment," said Cohen. "President Trump’s refusal to disclose information to Congress or seek Congress’s authorization for accepting profits from foreign governments stemming from his sprawling foreign financial interests is a brazen violation of the Constitution and a danger to our democracy.”

Half of Congressman Cohen's amendments prohibit federal funds from being spent at Trump hotels and resorts. The other half of his amendments prohibit federal funds from being spent at Trump-owned businesses identified in his financial disclosures.

 

 

 

 

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