H. R. 5063
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 26, 2016
Mr. Goodlatte (for himself, Mr. Peterson, Mr. Marino, Mr. Sensenbrenner, Mr. Smith of Texas, Mr. Issa, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Gohmert, Mr. Chaffetz, Mr. Labrador, Mr. Farenthold, Mr. Collins of Georgia, Mrs. Mimi Walters of California, Mr. Buck, Mr. Ratcliffe, Mr. Trott, Mr. Bishop of Michigan, and Mr. Duffy) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To limit donations made pursuant to settlement agreements to which the United States is a party, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2016.
Limitation on donations made pursuant to settlement agreements to which the United States is a party
Limitation on required donations
An official or agent of the Government may not enter into a settlement agreement on behalf of the United States, or enforce such a settlement agreement, if that agreement includes a term requiring that any donation be made to any person by any party (other than the United States) to such agreement.
Any official or agent of the Government who violates subsection (a), shall be subject to the same penalties that would apply in the case of a violation of section 3302 of title 31, United States Code.
In this section:
settlement agreement means a settlement agreement resolving a civil action or potential civil action.
donation does not include any payment by a party to provide restitution for or otherwise remedy the actual harm (including to the environment), directly and proximately caused by the alleged conduct of the party, that is the basis for the settlement agreement.