WASHINGTON 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
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
Besides a lifetime ban on lobbying for current members of
Congress, the legislation would require former congressional
aides to wait six years instead of one year before engaging in
lobbying and require better reporting of lobbying activities.