September 25, 2012 •
House Resolutions 6424 and 5737
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. The “Congressional 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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