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Louisiana congressman introduced bill to eliminate government funded oil-paintings

Louisiana congressman introduced bill to eliminate government funded oil-paintings
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Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 11:15am

UPDATED: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 10:17am

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.

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WHY DO THEY NEED PICTURE'S THAT COST THAT MUCH MONEY JUST TO HANG ON THE WALL??? I THINK IT'S STUPID/REDICULES/UNCALL FOR. USE THE MONEY WHERE IT MOSTLY NEED'S TO BE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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