REP LIEU STATEMENT ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF HIS NDAA SWAMP AMENDMENT
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed his amendment to the NDAA limiting Defense funds from being used at Trump-owned properties. The amendment would prevent the President from profiting off of American taxpayers by forcing government employees to stay at his properties and subsidize his businesses. The amendment enables funds to be used at Trump-owned properties if the President agrees to reimburse the Treasury Department for costs associated with his stay. The amendment was cosponsored by Reps. Jayapal, Cohen and Beyer.
“It is crucial to our democracy that the President acts in pursuit of the public’s best interest – not his own. To date, Trump has spent 270 days at properties that he or his family owns. Every time he does, he profits. According to a February 2019 Government Accountability Office report, the President spends an average of $3.4 million taxpayer dollars every time he travels to Mar-a-Lago. You shouldn’t go into public service to benefit your private businesses. I’m glad this amendment passed so we can start to drain the swamp."
This amendment is endorsed by: Campaign for Accountability, Common Cause, American Oversight, and Public Citizen