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H.R. 931 (116th): BLAKE Act

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Should a former member of Congress be allowed to lobby if they haven’t refunded taxpayers the cost of lawsuits related to sexual harassment?


Former Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX27) settled a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by his former aide for $84,000, but refused to reimburse the taxpayer-funded settlement.

He told ABC News that he didn’t reimburse taxpayers on the advice of his attorney, even though initially he had promised to do so. The funds for the settlement came from an account created for resolving this and other workplace issues in Congress by a 1995 law called the Congressional Accountability Act

Farenthold resigned from Congress in April 2018, and took a $160,000 per year lobbying position as a legislative liaison (a.k.a. as a lobbyist) for ...

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Mark Walker

Sponsor. Representative for North Carolina's 6th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 30, 2019
Length: 4 pages
Jan 30, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 30, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


1 Cosponsor (1 Republican)



Jan 30, 2019

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H.R. 931 (116th) 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. 931. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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