Congressman Cohen Leads Letter Seeking to Restrict Federal Spending at Trump Businesses

April 4, 2019
Press Release
Forty-one Members sign letter to Appropriations leaders about compliance with Domestic Emoluments Clause

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, led a letter to House Appropriation Committee leaders, signed by 40 of his House colleagues, asking them to include language prohibiting the use of federal funds at businesses owned in whole or in part by President Trump in the annual spending bills for the next fiscal year beginning October 1. See the full letter here.

“Based on reports, it appears that the President’s businesses have been accepting taxpayer money paid by the federal government,” the letter says. “We believe that President Trump’s refusal to divest from his businesses continues to raise serious questions about his compliance with the Constitution’s Domestic Emoluments Clause, which protects against presidential corruption.”

In 2017 and 2018, Congressman Cohen offered amendments to all of the appropriations bills to prohibit federal funds from going to Trump businesses but the then-Republican Majority repeatedly blocked the amendments from being considered on the House floor.