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'Hotel Act' Bans Spending Taxpayer Money at Trump Properties

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By    |   Tuesday, 19 September 2017 03:28 PM

Democratic legislators are introducing the Hotel Act, a bill that would ban executive branch officials from paying taxpayer money to stay at any property owned by the president, vice president, Cabinet secretaries, or their family members, according to The Washington Post.

"Executive branch officials like the president and cabinet secretaries should not have a profit motive in the travel decisions made by the federal employees under their supervision," said Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., in a statement, according to The Post.

The Hotel Act, which stands for Heightened Oversight of Travel, Eating and Lodging, would ensure that federal employees are not pressured to spend money at "businesses owned by their top-level managers," Peters, the lead sponsor of the bill, said in the statement.

The bill comes after a Friday report in The Post that showed the government paying $1,092 for a federal government member to stay at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago property for two nights.

Other sponsors of the bill are Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., according to The Post.

The bill would exempt Secret Service agents or other security personnel, but the Office of Government Ethics would still review their expenses, The Post reported.

Trump properties appear to be losing business from nonpolitical groups, The Post reported on Saturday. The report noted over the summer, 19 charities canceled events they had scheduled for Mar-a-Lago.

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Democratic legislators are introducing the Hotel Act, a bill that would ban executive branch officials from paying taxpayer money to stay at any property owned by the president, vice president, Cabinet secretaries, or their family members, according to The Washington Post.
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