Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a bill Thursday that would rein in spending on pricey oil paintings of government officials.
“Hardworking taxpayers shouldn’t foot the bill for lavish official portraits, especially when government officials spend more on paintings of themselves than some Americans make in a year,” Coburn said. “This bill reins in excessive spending on such portraits and protects taxpayers from funding waste.”
The lawmakers cited a report that the Obama administration has spent nearly $400,000 on commissioned portraits of agency directors and Cabinet secretaries during the last two years. They said some of the portraits have cost more than $50,000 each.
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