Tennessee congressman calls for stop of federal spending with Trump-owned businesses
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A Tennessee congressman is calling for the federal government to stop spending money at businesses owned by President Donald Trump.
Representative Steve Cohen (TN-09) says he introduced the amendments because such spending "violates a Constitutional anti-corruption provision that prohibit any President from receiving funding from the federal government beyond his salary."
Cohen issued the following statement announcing the introduction of the amendments:
“As a member of Congress, it’s my duty to protect and defend the Constitution, and that’s what I’m trying to do by preventing further violations of the charter’s Emoluments Clauses. The Clauses explicitly prohibit the kind of private profiteering this President has been engaged in since taking office without placing his business interests in a blind trust, or divesting, as his predecessors have done. Congress has an obligation to prevent these clear violations. I intend to attempt to amend every annual spending bill with this prohibition.”
This will be at least the third time Cohen has introduced such provisions in spending bills. Each of his previous efforts have failed to be considered by the House of Representatives.