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 debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal Overnight Energy: EPA watchdog slams agency chief after deputy fails to cooperate in probe | Justices wrestle with reach of Clean Water Act | Bipartisan Senate climate caucus grows Bipartisan Senate climate caucus grows by six members 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 GardnerThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Progressive veterans group launches campaign labeling Trump as a 'national security threat' It's time for Congress to establish a national mental health crisis number MORE (R-Colo.) and Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterOvernight Defense: Top diplomat changes testimony to indicate quid pro quo | Dem offers measure on Turkish human rights abuses in Syria | Warren offers plan to address veteran suicide rates Manchin says he wouldn't back Sanders against Trump in presidential race Bennet reintroduces bill to ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists 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 Ann WarrenJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Trump DACA fight hits Supreme Court Democrats on edge as Iowa points to chaotic race 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 SandersJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Democrats on edge as Iowa points to chaotic race Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal 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.