Democrats seek to ban federal spending at Trump businesses

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"But the effort faces opposition from Republicans who dismiss it as a “partisan stunt” ..."

The Hill - June 23, 2019

Democrats are trying to use the power of the purse to legally prevent President Trump from profiting from the federal government spending money at his businesses.

Two annual spending bills House Democrats have brought to the floor to keep the government funded past September include provisions that would prohibit certain federal agencies from entering into contracts with or using taxpayer dollars at Trump businesses, including his hotels, golf courses and condominiums across the globe.

But the effort faces opposition from Republicans who dismiss it as a “partisan stunt” that could jeopardize the president’s security. That will likely make it difficult for the bills to become law in negotiations with the GOP-controlled Senate.

Nonetheless, the authors of the proposal, Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), are submitting it as an amendment to every annual spending bill hitting the House floor.

“The fact is when we stay at his hotels and his properties, he makes money. Nobody is supposed to make money from the presidency, directly or indirectly, and they are supposed to report these possibilities to the Congress so we have knowledge,” Cohen said during a House floor debate.

The White House did not reply to a request for comment from The Hill. ...
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