Tester proposal would ban retired members from lobbying Congress forever

Great Falls Tribune

by Raju Chebium

WASHINGTON – A Montana lawmaker wants to end a long-running practice that fuels mistrust of the federal government.

After retiring from office or losing re-election, many congressional lawmakers – Republicans and Democrats alike – launch lucrative careers as lobbyists at law firms, lobbying shops, business and trade organizations and other well-heeled interest groups, many of which are located on the infamous K Street.

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., introduced a bill this month to ban that. The bill, which he introduced along with Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., would prevent former members from lobbying Congress. Permanently.

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