The law was changed in 1994 to put a 10-year limit on protection of former presidents, and Gowdy's bill would return to the prior practice of lifetime protection.
Current law also holds that protection for the children of former presidents lasts for 10 years after leaving office, or until the children turn 16, whichever happens first. The bill would change that to authorize protection for children of former presidents until they turn 16.
The bill is co-sponsored by three other members of the House Judiciary Committee: Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), ranking member John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.).
— This story was updated at 2:52 p.m.