Here's something lawmakers across the aisle can agree on: no more expensive oil paintings of themselves.
On Thursday, Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., jointly introduced legislation that would cap the amount of taxpayer dollars spent on oil paintings of government officials to $20,000. Additionally, the Responsible Use of Taxpayer Dollars for Portraits Act would limit such taxpayer-funded art projects to those in line of presidential succession.
"Hardworking taxpayers shouldn't foot the bill for lavish official portraits, especially when government officials spend more on paintings of themselves than some Americans make in a year," Coburn said in a statement.
"At a time when vital services and programs are facing cuts, we need to be looking at every way we can stop excessive spending practices in Washington," Shaheen said.
The senators cited a report in the Washington Times dated November 2012, and an ABC News report from March 2013, which said that the Obama administration spent almost $400,000 on commissioned portraits of agency directors during the past two years.