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EGO Act would prohibit costly government funded oil paintings

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KNOE 8 News) - Thursday, Congressman Bill Cassidy, (R-LA) introduced H.R. 1594, eliminating government-funded oil-painting.

This bill would prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used for commemorative oil portraits of federal administration officials and Members of Congress.

Congressman Cassidy released the following statement:

"Can you believe that taxpayers paid $40,000 for a commemorative portrait of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and over $20,000 for a 3-by-4 portrait of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack?  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. That's why I am introducing the EGO Act.  This bill would prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars for portraits of Members of Congress and federal administration officials. As Americans tighten their budgets and cut excess, their government should do the same. Lisa Jackson can borrow my camera for free."

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