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Nov 16, 2016

Tester Sponsors Bill to Clean Up Washington

Senator Pushes to Permanently Ban Former Members of Congress from Lobbying


(U.S. Senate)-Senator Jon Tester is continuing his push to clean up Washington, D.C. and increase accountability in the federal government by leading an effort to permanently ban former members of Congress from becoming registered lobbyists.

Tester is sponsoring the Close the Revolving Door Act. This bill will ban former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists, while also increasing the period of time staffers are prohibited from registering as lobbyists after leaving Congress.

"Folks across Montana expect their government to be open and honest," Tester said. "This bill will help clean up Washington, increase transparency, and hold folks in Congress accountable to their real bosses-the American people."

Additionally, the bill would create a website,, to provide easily searchable information on lobbying activities. It also increases the maximum penalty for violating the Lobbying Disclosure Act from $200,000 to $500,000.

Tester has been a champion of government accountability and transparency throughout his tenure in the Senate, pushing countless pieces of reform legislation over the last 10 years. These include the STOCK Act, which prohibits members of Congress or their staff from using knowledge gained through their Congressional work for personal financial gain. Tester has also fought hard to require Senate candidates to post their quarterly campaign finance reports online - something he already does voluntarily.

Tester was the first member of Congress and is still the only member of Montana's Congressional Delegation to post his daily public schedule on his website.


Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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