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H.R. 1021: Public Service Integrity Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 6, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1021

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 6, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, to establish a uniform 5-year post-employment ban on all lobbying by former Members of Congress, to establish a uniform 2-year post-employment ban on all lobbying by former officers and employees of Congress, to lower the income threshold for applying such ban to former officers and employees of Congress, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Public Service Integrity Act.

2.

Restrictions on lobbying by former Members of Congress

(a)

5-Year post-Employment ban on all lobbying

(1)

Former Senators

Subparagraph (A) of section 207(e)(1) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking within 2 years after that person leaves office and inserting within 5 years after that person leaves office.

(2)

Former Members of the House of Representatives

Paragraph (1) of section 207(e) of such title is amended by striking subparagraph (B) and inserting the following:

(B)

Members of the House of Representatives

Any person who is a Member of the House of Representatives and who, within 5 years after that person leaves office, knowingly makes, with the intent to influence, any communication to or appearance before any Member, officer, or employee of either House of Congress and any employee of any other legislative office of the Congress, on behalf of any other person (except the United States) in connection with any matter on which such former Member seeks action by a Member, officer, or employee of either House of Congress, in his or her official capacity, shall be punished as provided in section 216 of this title.

(C)

Officers of the House of Representatives

Any person who is an elected officer of the House of Representatives and who, within 1 year after that person leaves office, knowingly makes, with the intent to influence, any communication to or appearance before any Member, officer, or employee of the House of Representatives, on behalf of any other person (except the United States) in connection with any matter on which such former elected officer seeks action by a Member, officer, or employee of either House of Congress, in his or her official capacity, shall be punished as provided in section 216 of this title.

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(b)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to any individual who, on or after the date of the enactment of this Act, leaves an office to which section 207(e)(1) of title 18, United States Code, applies.

3.

Restrictions on lobbying by former officers and employees of Congress

(a)

2-Year post-Employment ban on all lobbying

(1)

Former officers of the House of Representatives

Subparagraph (C) of section 207(e)(1) of title 18, United States Code, as amended by section 2(a)(2), is amended by striking within 1 year and inserting within 2 years.

(2)

Former officers and staff of the Senate

Paragraph (2) of section 207(e) of such title is amended by striking within 1 year and inserting within 2 years.

(3)

Former personal staff of Members of the House of Representatives

Paragraph (3)(A) of section 207(e) of such title is amended by striking within 1 year and inserting within 2 years.

(4)

Former committee staff of House of Representatives

Paragraph (4) of section 207(e) of such title is amended by striking within 1 year and inserting within 2 years.

(5)

Former leadership staff of House of Representatives

Paragraph (5)(A) of section 207(e) of such title is amended by striking within 1 year and inserting within 2 years.

(6)

Former staff of other legislative offices of Congress

Paragraph (6)(A) of section 207(e) of such title is amended by striking within 1 year and inserting within 2 years.

(b)

Lowering income threshold for application of restrictions

Subparagraph (A) of section 207(e)(7) of such title is amended by striking 75 percent of the rate of basic pay and inserting 50 percent of the rate of basic pay.

(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to any individual who, on or after the date of the enactment of this Act, leaves a position to which section 207(e) of title 18, United States Code, applies.