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Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2021

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. COHEN. Mr. Speaker, the two amendments that I have in the en bloc concern horses.

One concerns wild horses and a more humane way to deal with the wild horse population. Right now, the Bureau of Land Management uses helicopters, rounds them up, and puts them in pens for the rest of their lives. This would be a more humane practice and cost only 10 percent of their budget, and it would certainly be something the Rolling Stones would be for, ``Wild Horses.''

The other is one that would give money for an audit on the soring practices of Tennessee walkers, an inhumane practice that has gone on for a long time. We need to be considerate of our four-legged friends, and this would support the walking horses.

Mr. Speaker, I am thankful to see these included in the en bloc, and I am pleased to see this progress.


Mr. COHEN. Mr. Speaker, I thank Chairman Lowey for yielding. I appreciate the opportunity to speak.

In this en bloc amendment, there are four amendments that I offered. I have offered them for 4 years. They have been accepted, now, for 2 years. They are emoluments amendments. They will say we can't spend money at businesses that the President owns.

Well, we shouldn't. No President should be in the business of getting money from the government, and it wasn't until Donald Trump became President that this became a problem.

He does it at his hotels. He does it at his golf clubs. He has done it having airplanes stop at different airports than they normally do for refueling so they will end up having to spend the night at his golf club in Scotland. And recently, it came up that he asked his Ambassador to England to get one of his golf clubs in Scotland the opportunity to host the British Open and make a ton of money.

The Presidency should be about serving the country and serving the people and supporting democracy, not about supporting yourself and putting money in your pocket.


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