U.S. senators ask for lifetime ban on ex-Congress members lobbying

 

According to the bipartisan bill introduced on Thursday, members of the U.S. Congress will not be allowed to work as lobbyists after they leave the Senate or House of Representatives.

Democratic Senators Michael Bennet, Republican Senator Cory Gardner and Al Franken introduced the Senate legislation with the idea to prevent the lucrative “revolving door” practice, meaning that members of the U.S. Congress will not be allowed to drawn the ire of watchdog groups.

“By banning members of Congress from lobbying when they leave Capitol Hill, we can begin to restore confidence in our national politics,” Gardner said in a statement.

However, similar legislation have failed in the past.

As of right now, there are only temporary limitation on former members of Congress becoming lobbyists.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, former members often receive high-salaried lobbying jobs, in some cases earning $1 million or more.

Stats show that over 51 percent of former members of the 113th Congress (2013-2014) became lobbyists after leaving Senate or House of Representatives.

In addition to a lifetime ban on lobbying for current members, the legislation would demand former congressional aides to wait six years before going after a lobbying career.

Feature Image Source: Gage Skidmore

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