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house Bill H.R. 1524

Should Federal Agencies Report Expenditures at Trump Properties?

Argument in favor

The public needs to know the extent to which federal agencies are taking actions that benefit the Trump Organization or associated people and entities.

burrkitty's Opinion
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05/28/2019
Obviously. Since they are ALL violations of the Emoluments Clause and therefore ILLEGAL, yes, document it all so we know exactly how much that...entity is spongeing off the taxpayers. Then we can take legal action.
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Mark's Opinion
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05/28/2019
Looks like we need to keep a close watch on everything where Individual-1 is involved in any way, especially since he did NOT really do anything to remove potential conflicts of interest prior to taking office—by divesting himself of his financial holdings, or by placing them in a blind trust—as previous presidents have done.
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James's Opinion
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05/28/2019
If I trusted his practices in business, and he did the right thing in the beginning I would say no to this. But since his business and executive monies are all tied together I said yes
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Argument opposed

This bill a partisan political gesture that waste the resources of federal agencies by making them report expenses at Trump facilities and indirect expenditures.

David's Opinion
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05/28/2019
I like the bill in essence, but there are a lot of corrupt politicians out there, this is just being used to target Trump. Make a bill that looks into all politicians, and I’ll support it.
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05/28/2019
Trumps expenditures have to be covered regardless of where he works. He has an office at Mira largo and works from there. The secret service has to be paid no matter what. If he were staying in an ordinary hotel, their rooms and meals would be covered. But, since they have to be around the president at all times that is just plain foolish
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ManfromNebraska's Opinion
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05/28/2019
Let’s get back to the important business of running the country. The democrats have stalled everything because of their TDS!
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedMarch 5th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 1524?

This bill — the CORRUPT Act — would require federal agencies to report to the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) about any expenses or regulatory actions which had a beneficial impact on any property owned by the Trump Organization or entities associated with the president’s family or employees of the organization. It would also include indirect expenditures with vendors conducting more than $1 million in business with the owners of a covered property or covered individuals in the prior fiscal year. Those reports would have to be provided to OGE within 90 days, which would then have to prepare a report of its own compiling all the fiscal year 2017 information into a report within 30 days.

The bill’s full title is the Curb Objectionable Redirection of Resources and Unconstitutional Payments to Trump Act.

Impact

Federal agencies; Congress; and the OGE.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1524

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthReps. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Brendan Boyle (D-PA), and Steve Cohen (D-TN) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to require a comprehensive accounting of how much Donald Trump and members of his family have profited from the Presidency by requiring a report on taxpayer expenditures to the Trump Organization and its affiliates in FY ’17 and ‘18, including Trump hotels, as well as an annual report moving forward on appropriated funds and regulatory actions which financially benefit the President, his businesses and those of his close family members. Rep. Gallego says: 

“The American people are fed up with the rampant and unapologetic corruption in the Trump administration. Donald Trump and his family are lining their pockets with taxpayer dollars. We introduced the CORRUPT Act because Congress and the American people deserve full transparency about how Trump and his family are profiting from the presidency.”

Rep. Lawrence adds

“Transparency, oversight, and accountability are essential elements to ensure that public servants are not benefitting from their official positions. For more than two years, the American people are left questioning how much President Trump, his family, and the Trump Organization have used the presidency for his own gain. The CORRUPT Act would provide the necessary oversight so the American people know just how much the President is using the federal government to increase his wealth at the expense of the American taxpayers.”

In this Congress, Reps. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Ted Lieu (D-CA), David Cicilline (D-RI), Linda Sanchez (D-CA) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) also included this bill in the Restoring the Public Trust Act of 2019, which incorporates a number of pieces of legislation aimed at strengthening ethical standards in the federal government to prevent government corruption and ensure accountability for the American public. In a joint statement, the Members said of that bill: 

“Trump and his administration have made a mockery of government ethics, demonstrating the weak spots in our current laws. He has normalized unethical behavior in a way that was once unthinkable, proving that we need stronger ethics laws. The damage that Trump has done to the public’s confidence in its government won’t be easy to fix but this bill ensures that those gaping holes in our anticorruption and ethics laws are addressed. In doing so, we will course correct our government to ensure it is working for the people, which is a key Democratic priority this Congress. The Restoring the Public Trust Act helps us do the critical work of rebuilding the public’s faith in government.”

Rep. Gallego explained this bill's inclusion in the Restoring the Public Trust Act of 2019“My legislation will require the White House and every government agency to disclose how much taxpayer money is spent at the president’s businesses. The American people deserve a full accounting of how Trump is abusing his public office and profiting from the presidency.”

Last Congress, Rep. Gallego introduced this bill to require a comprehensive accounting of the extent to which the Trump family has benefitted from the administration’s actions:

“The American people are fed up with the endemic, unapologetic corruption in the Trump administration. We have no idea how much money has gone from the federal treasury directly into Donald Trump’s pockets. We have introduced the CORRUPT Act because Congress and the American people deserve a full and ongoing accounting of how Trump is profiting from the Presidency.”

This bill has six Democratic cosponsors in the 116th Congress. In the 115th Congress, it also had the support of six cosponsors, all of whom were Democrats, and didn't receive a committee vote.


Of Note: To date, millions in taxpayer dollars have gone to the Trump organization through federal employee stays at Trump hotels and federal agencies' rentals of space at Trump-owned properties. As examples: 

  • The GAO reported in January 2019 that just 4 of President Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago cost taxpayers more than $13 million, not including the salaries of government personnel traveling with him. President Trump has reportedly spent more than 220 days at Trump properties during his presidency – about 29% of his time as President.
  • ProPublica found $16.1 million in political and taxpayer spending at Trump properties as of June 2018.
  • ProPublica also discovered that the Secret Service paid $27,724 at the Trump golf course and resort in Doonbeg, Ireland in March 2017 to support Eric Trump’s travel there for business.
  • Taxpayers paid $100,000 in hotels alone for a Trump brothers business trip in February 2017 for the development of Trump hotels in Uruguay. The government spends money on travel, hotels, and accommodations every time a member of the Trump family travels.
  • USA Today estimated that from January – August 2017, the Secret Service spent $59,585 on golf cart rentals alone as part of the President’s trips to his own golf clubs.
  • Taxpayers paid over $120K every day while Melania lived in Trump Tower in 2017 before moving to the White House. During that same time, $676,635 was spent on Air Force One flights for her to and from the White House and Mar-a-Lago.
  • The State Department spent $15,000 at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver for its grand opening in February 2017, and event attended by three of Trump’s children.

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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: aluxum / iStock)

AKA

CORRUPT Act

Official Title

To require annual reports on funds expended by the Federal Government with the Trump Organization, and for other purposes.

    Obviously. Since they are ALL violations of the Emoluments Clause and therefore ILLEGAL, yes, document it all so we know exactly how much that...entity is spongeing off the taxpayers. Then we can take legal action.
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    I like the bill in essence, but there are a lot of corrupt politicians out there, this is just being used to target Trump. Make a bill that looks into all politicians, and I’ll support it.
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    Looks like we need to keep a close watch on everything where Individual-1 is involved in any way, especially since he did NOT really do anything to remove potential conflicts of interest prior to taking office—by divesting himself of his financial holdings, or by placing them in a blind trust—as previous presidents have done.
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    If I trusted his practices in business, and he did the right thing in the beginning I would say no to this. But since his business and executive monies are all tied together I said yes
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    Since he views our tax base as his personal fun money, yes, please make him accountable and let us have some transparency (which simply does not exist in this administration).
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    As this bill was designed to see if the president is in violation of the emoluments clause I must wholeheartedly support it but with the provision it applies to all future presidents/potential dictators and their properties in the future.
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    We need to put this POS under a microscope. Nothing this degenerate imposter does is trustworthy.
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    We already know that foreign leaders (dictators) as well as American companies are spending money at trump properties in order to get close and pay to play with this president. It’s not hard to find the crimes this guy commits in plain view. So that’s to say, just because he’s not hiding them doesn’t mean there not crimes.
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    Immediately. Inquiring minds need to know!
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    Absofu-kinglutely!!!
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    All government expenses should be public knowledge no matter what for. I realize some military and diplomatic expenses can be acknowledged without any more than classified. But ALL expenses need to be public knowledge.
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    Trump might be the most corrupt President in history! All these expenditures and regulatory actions would be illegal especially since Trump has not divested from the properties that he owns! It’s time to reign him in with investigations and eventually impeachment actions!
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    They need to be reported to monitor how egregious this conflict of interest is.
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    Trumps expenditures have to be covered regardless of where he works. He has an office at Mira largo and works from there. The secret service has to be paid no matter what. If he were staying in an ordinary hotel, their rooms and meals would be covered. But, since they have to be around the president at all times that is just plain foolish
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    The president should be held accountable for spend thrift behavior for personal activity. We need to know that action is necessary when an executive at any level is out of control irresponsible.
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    How much money is the Trump family siphoning off the federal government?
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    Let’s get back to the important business of running the country. The democrats have stalled everything because of their TDS!
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    Yes, absolutely. If it can happen to a private citizen, why not Trump?
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    Transparency is always good.
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    I’m in STRONG Opposition to House bill H.R.1524 the “CORRUPT Act” This House bill H.R.1524 AKA the CORRUPT Act is nothing more then the Democratic Controlled Pelosi’s a partisan political attack President Trump gesture which is a waste of the resources of federal agencies by making them report expenses at Trump facilities and indirect expenditures. It’s time for the Republicans and the the American people to turn loose the “Dogs of War” and beginning to return the attacks on the Democratic Party, Its Congressional Senators, Representatives, and supporting agencies to disrupt their illegal political and personal activities. Among the issues being used to are: * Healthcare for All including Illegal migrants. * Energy Independence * National Security violated through the use of “Open Borders” * Economic Stewardship through their Federal Dependency Programs * Through the use of Environment & Climate Change scare tactics. * Immigration dependency to continue the building a voter & following. SneakyPete..... 👿👎🏻HR-1524👿👎🏻. 5*28*19.....
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