A Democrat lawmaker is looking to stop federal spending at any of Donald Trump’s businesses. According to a recent report, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) proposed amendments to the upcoming federal spending package that would prohibit taxpayer funds from being used at businesses owned by Trump.
“Congress should not allow the President to use his office to profit himself and his family,” Cohen said in a statement. “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.”
Trump has spent quite some time at his properties since taking office. This has raised concerns of conflicts of interest as he never divested from his business.
According to a Washington Post report from July, the State Department spent more than $15,000 to book rooms at the Trump hotel in Vancouver when members of the president’s family attended its grand opening in February.
This isn’t the first time Cohen introduces the amendments. The Democratic Congressman was joined by Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) back in July when they submitted similar amendments to prevent taxpayer funds from going to Trump properties to the spending bill in July.
Cohen and Beyer were unsuccessful as House GOP leaders did not allow floor votes on any of those amendments.