House Majority Again Kills Cohen Amendment to Prohibit Federal Spending at Trump-Owned Businesses and Resorts

June 26, 2018
Press Release
Effort to Amend Defense Spending Bill Won’t Get a Floor Vote


WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, expressed frustration tonight that his effort to amend another spending bill with language prohibiting federal spending at businesses owned by President Trump, this time by Department of Defense programs, was prevented from consideration by the House Majority.

Congressman Cohen has attempted to amend previous spending bills– including one for the Legislative Branch, Water Resources and Military Construction earlier this month and several spending bills last September – that also were shot down by House Republicans.  His attempts last year were similarly blocked by the House majority

He made the following statement:

“It’s clear the President is openly and flagrantly receiving money in violation of the Constitution’s anti-corruption provisions but the House Majority continues to look the other way. I’ve vowed to attach similar language prohibiting spending by other federal departments and agencies at Trump-owned businesses and resorts because I believe it’s essential in meeting our duty to support and defend the Constitution.

“I also made the case at the Judiciary Committee markup today saying the Majority is failing to hold this President accountable for violations of the Constitution’s emoluments clause in accepting payments from Saudi Arabia and other foreign governments expressly prohibited in the Constitutions foreign emoluments clause.”

Congressman Cohen has authored Articles of Impeachment (H. Res. 621) against President Trump based, in part, on violations of the Constitution’s foreign emoluments clause, which prohibits presidents from receiving payments from foreign governments without the consent of Congress.