Dems to introduce bill to ban government spending at Trump-owned hotels

Dems to introduce bill to ban government spending at Trump-owned hotels
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A new bill being introduced by Democrats seeks to bar government spending at properties owned by President Trump or other officials.

The HOTEL Act — Heightened Oversight of Travel, Eating and Lodging — looks to ban members of the executive branch from staying at one of Trump's properties, The Washington Post reported.

“Executive branch officials like the President and cabinet secretaries should not have a profit motive in the travel decisions made by the federal employees under their supervision,” Sen. Gary PetersGary Charles PetersOvernight Regulation: Senate panel approves driverless car bill | House bill to change joint-employer rule advances | Treasury to withdraw proposed estate tax rule | Feds delaying Obama methane leak rule Overnight Tech: Facebook, Twitter to testify before Senate | EU orders Amazon to pay 0M in back taxes | Reddit hires first lobbyists Senate panel approves bill to speed up driverless cars MORE (D-Mich.), the lead sponsor, said in a statement.

He called it a "common sense bill." 

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The bill makes it so that "federal employees are not subject to undue pressure to patronize businesses owned by their top-level managers," he said.

Sens. Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallOvernight Energy: Trump temporarily lifts shipping restrictions for Puerto Rico relief New Mexico Gov: GOP health care bill 'still needs some work' Dems ask FEC to create new rules in response to Russian Facebook ads MORE (D-N.M.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Finance: Lawmakers grill Equifax chief over hack | Wells Fargo CEO defends bank's progress | Trump jokes Puerto Rico threw budget 'out of whack' | Mortgage tax fight tests industry clout Michelle Obama is exactly who the Democrats need to win big in 2020 Wells Fargo chief defends bank's progress in tense Senate hearing MORE (D-Mass.) have co-sponsored the bill.

U.S. Secret Service personnel would not have to abide by the ban, according to the Post, but their expenses would regularly be looked at by the Office of Government Ethics.

Earlier this month, the Post reported that the government paid more than $1,000 for an official to stay at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

The payment of $1,092 was made to reserve two nights at the resort in March. The club charged a discount-free "rack rate" of $546 per night.

This is not the first time lawmakers have tried to use legislation to try to halt federal dollars from being spent at Trump properties.

In August, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) proposed an amendment to a federal spending package that would prohibit taxpayer funds from being used at businesses owned by Trump.