On Wednesday, Representative Betty McCollum, chair of the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees spending from the Interior Department, warned President Trump on Wednesday that she would be investigating the way Donald Trump financed his 4th of July celebration. Specifically, she would be looking into the way Trump used money from the National Park Service to finance it. Some reports have stated that $2.5 million of funding for the National Park Service has been used on the parade.
“Using National Park entrance fees to pay for this display of pageantry is absolutely outrageous,” McCollum said. “I disagreed with Secretary Bernhardt’s decision to use these fees during the prolonged federal government shutdown – the legality of which the Government Accountability Office is currently reviewing – and I disagree with his decision to use them now. These fees are not a slush fund for this administration to use at will. They are meant to improve our national parks, keep them safe and protected for Americans to enjoy, and are clearly not to be used for a political rally.”
“The National Mall belongs to all of us. I’m prepared to use my full oversight authority as Chair of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Committee to determine how this decision was made and hold the responsible parties accountable. This administration needs to be reminded that the power of the purse belongs to Congress.” McCollum stated.