GOP lawmaker introduces bill to stop revolving door

Rep. Trey HollingsworthJoseph (Trey) Albert HollingsworthOvernight Defense: House votes to block Trump arms sales to Saudis, setting up likely veto | US officially kicks Turkey out of F-35 program | Pentagon sending 2,100 more troops to border House votes to block Trump's Saudi arms sale The 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran 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 ComstockProgressives face steep odds in ousting incumbent Democrats K Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers GOP lawmaker introduces bill to stop revolving door MORE (R-Va.) was named senior adviser in Baker Donelson’s Government Relations and Public Policy Group, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' 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.