Latest anti-Trump acronym: Alcee Hastings introduces TRUMPED Act

Rep. Alcee Hastings’ TRUMPED Act joins the SWAMP Act and MAR-A-LAGO Act in taking aim at President Donald Trump’s travels.

President Donald Trump‘s travels to Mar-a-Lago and other Trump-branded properties has inspired a flowering of acronyms among Democratic members of Congress.

In March, Democrats from the Senate and House introduced the Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness (MAR-A-LAGO) Act to require Trump to reveal who visits his Palm Beach estate.

This month, U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., introduced the Stop Waste and Misuse by the President (SWAMP) Act to make Trump pay personally for his visits to Mar-a-Lago Club and other Trump-owned properties.

Now U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach, has joined the anti-Trump acronym game by introducing the Taxpayers Require Urgent Mandatory Protection from Egregious Debt (TRUMPED) Act of 2017.

When a president or person receiving Secret Service protection visits a property he has an ownership interest in, including a licensing agreement, for more than 24 hours, Hastings’ legislation would allow state and local governments to file a civil action against the president or protectee to recover the costs associated with the visit.

Palm Beach County taxpayers have spent about $4 million on Trump’s visits, mainly for overtime by sheriff’s deputies. A budget bill approved this month allows the local governments to apply for reimbursement from the federal government for the costs. Hastings’ bill would put Trump personally on the hook.

Says Hastings: “It is offensive that President Trump insists on a budget that unequivocally, and without mercy, attacks hardworking Americans, and then has the audacity to turn around and insist that our local police officers, first responders and small businesses suffer under his insistence that he be allowed to enjoy a lavish life style at taxpayer expense.

“That is why I introduced the TRUMPED Act. The bill is based on a simple premise: if President Trump wants to make continual use of his properties, then he may do so, but he can’t have taxpayers foot the bill.”

 

 

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