Schiff proposes amendment to block Secret Service spending at Trump businesses

Schiff proposes amendment to block Secret Service spending at Trump businesses
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffOvernight Tech: Facebook, Twitter to testify before Senate | EU orders Amazon to pay 0M in back taxes | Reddit hires first lobbyists Facebook, Twitter will testify at Senate hearing Schiff: Almost all RT ads on Twitter designed to push negative coverage of Clinton MORE (D-Calif.) has introduced an amendment seeking to stop the Secret Service from spending its funding at business entities owned by President Trump or his immediate family.

The proposed amendment to the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act would prevent the agency’s funding to “be used to purchase, rent, or otherwise acquire goods or services, including hotel rooms, office space, or golf carts.”

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“The immense honor and responsibility of serving as President of the United States should never be exploited for profit or personal gain,” Schiff said in a statement. “That the Trump Organization is profiting off the Secret Service is an abuse of taxpayer money and an improper method of enrichment.”

The amendment was introduced as part of the upcoming spending package the House is expected to evaluate after the congressional recess. 

In an interview with USA Today earlier this month, the head of the Secret Service said 1,000 agents had already reached their federal salary caps and overtime payments for the year.

"The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,'' Secret Service Director Randolph Alles told the newspaper. "I can't change that. I have no flexibility.''