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Bennet reintroduces bill to ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists

Bennet reintroduces bill to ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists
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Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDemocrats sense momentum for expanding child tax credit OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats tee up vote on climate-focused energy bill next week | EPA reappoints controversial leader to air quality advisory committee | Coronavirus creates delay in Pentagon research for alternative to 'forever chemicals' Senate Democrats demand White House fire controversial head of public lands agency MORE (D-Colo.), a 2020 White House hopeful, reintroduced legislation on Thursday to shut the "revolving door" between Congress and K Street and ban lawmakers from ever becoming lobbyists.

Bennet, who has introduced the Close the Revolving Door Act in every Congress since 2010, is introducing it with Sens. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerCunningham, Tillis locked in tight race in North Carolina: poll Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Democratic super PAC pulls remaining ads from Colorado Senate race MORE (R-Colo.) and Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterHouse Republicans push VA for details on recent data breach OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Judge tosses land management plans after ousting Pendley from role | Trump says he could out-raise Biden with calls to Wall Street, oil execs | Supreme Court to review Trump border wall funding, asylum policies Biden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big MORE (D-Mont.) this year.

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“Americans should be confident that their elected leaders go to Washington to represent them, not to audition for high-paying lobbying jobs for special interests,” Bennet said in a statement. 

The bill would also restrict staff from lobbying for six years after leaving Capitol Hill. Currently, staffers can’t lobby their boss for one year, and leadership and committee staffers have longer restrictions. The measure would also ban lobbyists from becoming staffers for members or committees they lobbied for six years.

Bennet’s bill would also create a website, Lobbyists.gov, for reporting lobbying activities and require lobbying entities to report the work of nonlobbyist employees who are former members or former senior congressional staff, including descriptions of their job responsibilities. 

Other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have been vowing to get tough on the lobbying industry and recently released campaign proposals. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenJustice Department charges Google with illegally maintaining search monopoly Overnight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing MORE (D-Mass.), for example, has proposed a tax on annual lobbying expenditures of at least $500,000 a year, new definitions of what constitutes a lobbyist and bans on lobbying for foreign entities.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOcasio-Cortez rolls out Twitch channel to urge voting Calls grow for Democrats to ramp up spending in Texas The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Tipping point week for Trump, Biden, Congress, voters MORE (I-Vt.) has also proposed a ban on corporate funding for conventions, as well as a lobbying ban on former members of Congress and senior staffers.

Warren and Sanders were among 12 Democratic presidential candidates on the debate stage Tuesday night in Ohio. Bennet did not qualify for the debate.