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September 25, 2012  •  

Federal Revolving Door Bills

Rep. Bill Posey
Rep. Bill Posey

A bill introduced by U.S. Representative Bill Posey hopes to curtail members of congress from becoming lobbyists.

The “End the Congressional Revolving Door Act,” H.R. §6424, would prohibit a former member of congress or former congressional employee, while employed as a lobbyist, from being eligible for certain federal benefits.

Those benefits are:

  • The Civil Service Retirement System;
  • The Federal Employees’ Retirement System;
  • The Federal Employees’ Health Benefits Program; and
  • The Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program.

The prohibition covers each month the individual is a compensated lobbyist.

In May, a similar bill was introduced by U.S. Representative Steve Israel. TheCongressional Double Dipping Pension Prevention Act,”  H.R. §5737, would prohibit a former member of congress receiving annual compensation exceeding $1,000,000 as a lobbyist from being eligible to concurrently receive federal retirement benefits for the period of time he or she is employed as a lobbyist and receiving such income.

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