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H.R. 161: Cabinet Service Integrity Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 3, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 161

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 3, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform

A BILL

To prohibit immediate family members of heads of certain agencies and departments from soliciting or otherwise raising funds from certain foreign entities.

1.

Short title

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

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Close associate

The term close associate means, with respect to a senior foreign political figure, an individual who is widely and publicly known to maintain a close relationship with the senior foreign political figure, unless it is established that such individual is a citizen of and domiciled within the United States.

(2)

Covered foreign entity

The term covered foreign entity means—

(A)

a government of a foreign country;

(B)

a foreign political party; or

(C)

any entity that is owned or controlled by a government of a foreign country or a foreign political party.

(3)

Foreign political party; government of a foreign country

The terms foreign political party and government of a foreign country have the meanings given those terms in section 1 of the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 (22 U.S.C. 611).

(4)

Immediate family member of a head of a relevant agency or department

The term immediate family member of a head of a relevant agency or department means, with respect to a head of a relevant agency or department, a sibling, spouse, or child of the head of a relevant agency or department.

(5)

Immediate family member of a senior foreign political figure

The term immediate family member of a senior foreign political figure means, with respect to a senior foreign political figure, a sibling, spouse, or child of the senior foreign political figure, unless it is established that such sibling, spouse, or child is a citizen of and domiciled within the United States.

(6)

Relevant agency or department

The term relevant agency or department means—

(A)

the Environmental Protection Agency; or

(B)

an Executive department, as defined in section 101 of title 5, United States Code.

(7)

Senior foreign political figure

The term senior foreign political figure means—

(A)

a senior official in any branch of the government of a foreign country; or

(B)

a senior official of a foreign political party.

3.

Prohibition

During the period in which an individual is acting as the head of a relevant agency or department, an immediate family member of that head of a relevant agency or department may not solicit or otherwise raise funds for any purpose from any—

(1)

covered foreign entity;

(2)

senior foreign political figure;

(3)

immediate family member of a senior foreign political figure;

(4)

close associate of a senior foreign political figure; or

(5)

entity that is owned or controlled by an individual described in paragraph (2), (3), or (4).

4.

Penalties

Whoever knowingly fails to comply with this Act shall be fined not more than $1,000,000, imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.

5.

Effective date

This Act shall take effect on the date that is 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act.