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H.R. 4981 (115th): SCRAP Act

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About the bill

Congress members get some lifetime benefits that virtually no other job in America offers to retired employees. Should that practice no longer continue?


Unbeknownst to most of the public, former members of Congress continue to receive certain benefits for life, even decades after their congressional service ends.

These include: free parking at the U.S. Capitol Building, access to the actual floors of the Senate and House where legislation is debated and voted upon, and access to Congress member dining rooms and gyms.

But many worry that such perks have more nefarious effects on public policy when 428 former members of Congress are currently lobbyists.

What the bill does

The Stop Congressional Retirees’ Accessing Perks (SCRAP) Act would stop those lifetime perks, as well as others including lifetime healthcare ...

Sponsor and status

Ralph Norman Jr.

Sponsor. Representative for South Carolina's 5th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2018
Length: 8 pages
Feb 8, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 8, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.



Feb 8, 2018

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H.R. 4981 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4981. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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