WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today introduced the bipartisan Eliminating Government-Funded Oil-Painting (EGO) Act with Republican Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, and Deb Fischer of Nebraska.
“I’d encourage anyone who’s commissioned a portrait using Missourians’ hard-earned tax dollars to come back to my state with me and ask folks how they feel about it—they’ll get an earful,” said McCaskill, a former Missouri State Auditor. “Folks in Washington ought to be worrying more about creating jobs than painting pictures of themselves.”
McCaskill’s bill bans taxpayer funds from being used for oil paintings for the President, Vice President, Cabinet members and Members of Congress. These portraits can often cost $20,000-$40,000.
Visit mccaskill.senate.gov/spending to see more about McCaskill’s fight to protect taxpayer dollars.