UPDATED 7:18 AM PT – Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Lawmakers are making a bipartisan effort to prevent former members of Congress from registering as lobbyists.
Republican Representative Trey Hollingsworth introduced a bill Tuesday, which would instate a life-time ban for lawmakers. It would also punish individuals who intentionally try to do lobbying work without registering.
The bill is designed to prevent public servants from pushing laws that benefit special interest groups, which the lawmakers could later work for.
While no Democrats have signed on to Hollingsworth’s bill, Senator Elizabeth Warren has spoken out about the issue in a way which shows a promising future for the measure.
“The revolving door between Washington and Wall Street, how do you know who those guys are working for?” questioned Warren. “My view is — if you want to come work for the American public, you gotta’ work for the American public, but you don’t get to do this running through the revolving door.”
Hollingsworth introduced the same measure in the previous Congress, but it failed to make it out of committee. This time around, with vocal supporters on both sides of the aisle, lawmakers are confident about the measure coming to fruition.