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H.R. 6424 (112th): End the Congressional Revolving Door Act


The text of the bill below is as of Sep 14, 2012 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6424

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 14, 2012

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To provide that a former Member of Congress or former Congressional employee who receives compensation as a lobbyist shall not be eligible for retirement benefits or certain other Federal benefits.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the End the Congressional Revolving Door Act.

2.

Prohibition relating to certain Federal benefits for a former Member of Congress or former Congressional employee who receives compensation as a lobbyist

(a)

In general

A covered individual who is a registered lobbyist shall not be eligible for any covered benefits for any month—

(1)

which begins after the date of the enactment of this Act; and

(2)

in or for which such covered individual is—

(A)

employed as a lobbyist; and

(B)

entitled to compensation as a lobbyist.

(b)

Covered individual

For purposes of this section, the term covered individual means an individual who becomes a former Member of Congress or a former Congressional employee after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(c)

Covered benefits

For purposes of this section, the term covered benefits, as used with respect to a covered individual, means any payment or other benefit which is payable, by virtue of service performed by such covered individual, under any of the following:

(1)

The Civil Service Retirement System, including the Thrift Savings Plan.

(2)

The Federal Employees’ Retirement System, including the Thrift Savings Plan.

(3)

The Federal Employees’ Health Benefits Program, including enhanced dental benefits and enhanced vision benefits under chapters 89A and 89B, respectively, of title 5, United States Code.

(4)

The Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program.

(d)

Definitions

For purposes of this section—

(1)

the term Member of Congress means a Senator, Member of the House of Representatives, or Delegate to the House of Representatives, and the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico;

(2)

the term Congressional employee has the meaning given such term by section 2107 of title 5, United States Code;

(3)

the term registered lobbyist means—

(A)

a lobbyist registered or required to register, or on whose behalf a registration is filed or required to be filed, under section 4 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1603); and

(B)

an individual registered or required to register as the agent of a foreign principal under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended (22 U.S.C. 611 et seq.); and

(4)

the term lobbyist has the meaning given such term by section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1602).

(e)

Rule of construction

Nothing in this section shall be considered to prevent the payment of—

(1)

any lump-sum credit, as defined by section 8331(8) or 8401(19) of title 5, United States Code, to which an individual is entitled; or

(2)

any amount in the account of an individual in the Thrift Savings Fund which, as of the date on which paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (a) are first met with respect to such individual, is nonforfeitable.

(f)

Regulations

Any regulations necessary to carry out this section may be prescribed—

(1)

except as provided in paragraph (2), by the Director of the Office of Personnel Management; and

(2)

to the extent that this Act relates to the Thrift Savings Plan, by the Executive Director (as defined by section 8401(13) of title 5, United States Code).