U.S. Senators seek Lifetime ban on ex-Congress Members Lobbying

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This bill must be passed. Just don’t hold your breath. If they can’t get this voted into law then there is no hope for the two-party system whatsoever. I’m just wondering why it wasn’t proposed by Bernie Sanders.

A bipartisan bill introduced on Thursday would prohibit members of the U.S. Congress from ever working as lobbyists after they leave the Senate or House of Representatives.

Republican Senator Cory Gardner with Democratic Senators Michael Bennet and Al Franken in introducing the Senate legislation to stop the lucrative

“revolving door” practice that has drawn the ire of watchdog groups for decades.

“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.

Similar legislation has failed in the past.

Currently, there are only temporary restrictions on former members of Congress becoming lobbyists.

The Center for Responsive Politics has noted that former members often score large-salaried lobbying jobs, sometimes of $1 million or more.

The non-partisan group found that just over 51 percent of former members of the 113th Congress (2013-2014) became lobbyists.

The similar bill went nowhere in 2014.

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet has consistently proposed such a ban:

“In one door, a Member of Congress, out another, a high paid lobbyist… it’s just considered business as usual,” Bennet explains.

In a statement released by his U.S. Senate office, he adds, “In 1974, 3 percent of retiring members of Congress became lobbyists. Now, 50 percent of Senators and 42 percent of Congressmen do. That’s not a revolving door, it’s a merry-go-round.”

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