Trump signs bill preventing taxpayer money from being used for portraits of federal employees

Trump signs bill preventing taxpayer money from being used for portraits of federal employees
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton and Ocasio-Cortez joke about Kushner's alleged use of WhatsApp Missouri Gov. declares state of emergency amid severe flooding Swalwell on Hicks testimony: 'She's going to have to tell us who she lied for' in Trump admin MORE on Tuesday signed legislation that bars the use of taxpayer funds for portraits of current and former federal employees.

The Eliminating Government-funded Oil-painting Act, introduced in January 2017 by Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidySenators ask CBO to review options for preventing surprise medical bills Five things to watch for in Trump's 2020 budget Overnight Health Care - Presented by Kidney Care Partners - FDA chief Scott Gottlieb resigns | House Dems to take up drug pricing bills next week | Planned Parenthood, doctors group sue over Trump abortion rule MORE (R-La.), prohibits any taxpayer dollars from being used by federal agencies for portraits of all federal employees, including the president. 

“The national debt is over $20 trillion,” said Cassidy in a statement to Government Executive. 

“There’s no excuse for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on paintings of government officials.”

The legislation was spurred by a Senate report detailing more than $400,000 spent on official portraits of government employees since 2010.

Some of the portraits examined cost more than $40,000, including one of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that cost $46,790 in 2010.

It was Rumsfeld's second commissioned portrait and was presented to him after his retirement at a ceremony.

Trump's signature on the measure comes just after his secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonHousing and health care go hand-in-hand Carson's calendar includes trips to Florida on Fridays: report The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 Dems grapple with race, gender and privilege MORE, reportedly tried to reallocate funds meant for office furniture to commission portraits of some former HUD secretaries to hang outside his office.