GOP lawmaker introduces bill to stop revolving door

Rep. Trey HollingsworthJoseph (Trey) Albert HollingsworthOvernight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record House passes amendment to block funding for transgender troops ban Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz lobbying ban faces tough hurdles MORE (R-Ind.) introduced legislation this week that would ban former members of Congress from registering as lobbyists.

“Our government cannot keep operating in a way that puts political promises ahead of the well-being and growth of our country,” Hollingsworth said in statement Monday. “Politicians in Washington should be making decisions they know are right for their constituents and the country, not for their career or future lobbying job.”

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The lifetime lobbying ban would also punish any former member or senator who “knowingly makes, with the intent to influence” communication with a member on behalf of another person, in order to avoid members working as lobbyists without registering.

Former lawmakers who head to K Street have faced scrutiny over the kind of work they engage in and how they use their Capitol Hill connections. Critics say former lawmakers have been the biggest offenders of working in the influence world without formally registering as lobbyists.

When ex-Rep. Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers GOP lawmaker introduces bill to stop revolving door Ex-lawmakers face new scrutiny over lobbying MORE (R-Va.) was named senior adviser in Baker Donelson’s Government Relations and Public Policy Group, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDon't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Poll: Biden leads Democratic field by 6 points, Warren in second place Senate Health Committee advances bipartisan package to lower health costs MORE (D-Mass.) questioned on Twitter if Comstock will register to lobby “or bob & weave around the rules?”

Comstock responded by suggesting Warren lacked civility.

No Democrats have signed on as co-sponsors to Hollingsworth's bill, and there is not a companion bill in the Senate.

He introduced the same measure in the previous Congress. It failed to advance out of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

Hollingsworth was first elected in 2016 and serves on the Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Warren, a 2020 White House candidate, is expected to soon re-introduce a similar bill that would impose a lifetime ban on former lawmakers from lobbying.