WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Louisiana congressman introduced a bill today that would eliminate government funded oil-paintings.
If passed, HR 1594 would prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for commemorative portraits of federal administration officials and Members of Congress. The bill would not prevent officials from using private donations to fund portraits.
“As Americans tighten their budgets and cut excess, their government should do the same,” Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D. [R], author of the bill, said. “At a time of trillion-dollar deficits, these portraits are a ridiculous and unnecessary luxury. Americans have been complaining about this practice for decades and it’s time we finally do something about it.”
Congressman Cassidy noted that some of these portraits have cost upwards of $40,000.