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H.R. 1145: BLAST Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 11, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1145

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 11, 2019

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

A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit former Members and elected officers of Congress from lobbying Congress at any time after leaving office.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Banning Lobbying and Safeguarding Trust Act or the BLAST Act.

2.

Prohibiting former Members and officers of Congress from lobbying Congress

(a)

Prohibition

Section 207(e)(1) of title 18, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

(1)

Members and elected officers of Congress

Any person who is a Senator, a Member of the House of Representatives, or an elected officer of the Senate or the House of Representatives and who, 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 or 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 Senator, Member, or elected official 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)

Conforming amendments

Section 207(e)(2) of such title is amended—

(1)

in the heading, by striking Officers and staff and inserting Staff;

(2)

by striking an elected officer of the Senate, or;

(3)

by striking leaves office or employment and inserting leaves employment; and

(4)

by striking former elected officer or.

(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to an individual who leaves office on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.