About the bill
Paint by numbers -- but what if that number is $40,000?
Bills are often cleverly titled so as to become acronyms -- for example, the PATRIOT Act and S. 310: the EGO Act, or the Eliminating Government-funded Oil-painting Act.
The EGO Act was introduced by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) to make permanent a law that prohibits taxpayer funds from being used for “an official portrait of a officer or employee of the federal government,” according to the Congressional Research Service. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the average portrait cost for governmental figures at $25,000, with a 2013 portrait of the head of the Environmental Protection Agency costing $40,000.
Is it the single most pressing issue in America right now? Probably not. But identical provisions have been added …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Senator for Louisiana. Republican.
Last Updated: Jul 27, 2015
Length: 4 pages
114th Congress (2015–2017)
This bill was introduced on June 24, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).
4 Cosponsors (4 Republicans)
What legislators are saying
“Democrats Oppose EGO Act - Would Have Banned Taxpayer-Funded Oil Paintings of Government Officials”
— Sen. Bill Cassidy [R-LA] (Sponsor) on Nov 18, 2015
“Chairman Johnson Moves 17 Bipartisan Bills Out of Commitee”
— Sen. Ron Johnson [R-WI] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 24, 2015
“Sen. Whitehouse Urges DOJ to Take Action on Dark Money”
— Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI] on Jul 15, 2015
Jan 29, 2015
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Jun 24, 2015
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Jul 27, 2015
Reported by Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.
Mar 27, 2018
Reintroduced Bill — Enacted — Signed by the President
This activity took place on a related bill, S. 188 (115th).
S. 310 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.
Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 310. This is the one from the 114th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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