This should be one of those proposals that enjoys broad bipartisan support among the citizenry:
Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) introduced legislation on Tuesday to prevent members of Congress from ever becoming lobbyists after they leave office…
Kudos to the couple of Democrats who tried last year to introduce the same ban. Wonder why ‘it never received legislative action?’ (that was sarcasm, by the way…)
Why is this needed?
Current law requires House members to wait at least a year after leaving office before becoming lobbyists. Former senators, meanwhile, must wait at least two years.
The Center for Responsive Politics found that more than half(!) of the former members of the 111th and 112th sessions of Congress who found new jobs had become either lobbying clients or joined lobbying firms.
Want to make Congress more responsive to the people? Make sure it can only work for the people… not audition for lucrative post-congressional careers! The revolving door between Washington, Wall Street and K-Street has to stop, if the average American is ever to have true representation again.
While we’re at it, how about we ban all campaign contributions from corporations? If you can’t raise the money to campaign simply from the individual voters you would represent, then you obviously have no business pretending to represent them.
Time to shatter business as usual… light up the phone lines on Capitol Hill and tell them to make sure this proposal GETS legislative action — and passage — this time!