Any official seeking a more expensive replication of him or herself could use private dollars.
“With all due respect to former Secretary Chertoff and his service, this is exactly the type of government spending our country can do without,” Shaheen said. “The federal government should pay for these types of portraits in a way that protects taxpayers instead of wasting their money.”
The fiscal 2014 omnibus spending bill forbid all spending on portraits for the year, but it was not a permanent ban.
Loop efforts to obtain a photo of the Chertoff portrait from DHS were not immediately successful.