The long standing tradition of Presidential, Congressional and federal portraits being funded by U.S. taxpayers has come to an end. GOP Senator Bill Cassidy pushed the bill through Congress and received President Donald Trump’s signature on Tuesday. The name of this piece of legislation is “Eliminating Government-funded Oil-painting Act” or the EGO Act. The official text of the bill states “this bill prohibits the use of funds appropriated or otherwise made available to the federal government to pay for an official portrait of an officer or employee of the federal government, including the President, the Vice President, a Member of Congress, the head of an executive agency, or the head of an office of the legislative branch”. We were wondering, is there a loophole for portraits created in watercolor? To read the full article, visit NPR’s website.
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