Congressman Doesn’t Want Federal Employees to Stay at Trump Hotels

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View of the front of Trump International Hotel and Tower

Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) recently introduced amendments that would prohibit federal funds from being used for federal employees to stay at any properties in which President Trump has a financial interest when on official travel.

Beyer’s four amendments are part of funding bills for the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Energy Department in addition to other legislative branch operations. The bills are expected to be considered by the House this week.

For the Pentagon, the Defense Secretary would be authorized to waive the ban on an individual basis if it was considered necessary for national security.

The amendments follow recent news that the State Department spent more than $15,000 to book 19 rooms at the new Trump hotel in Vancouver when members of President Trump’s family attended the grand opening in late February.

Beyer said in a statement, “These amendments are necessary due to the President’s unprecedented failure to divest from his business, and the ongoing entanglement between the Trump Organization and the White House. Donald Trump should not be allowed to line his or his family’s pockets with taxpayer dollars.”

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