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H.R. 856: OMAR Act

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Should members of Congress or candidates be able to hire their husband or wife for campaign work?


While a 1967 law bans members of Congress from hiring relatives in official public sector government jobs, members are still allowed to hire relatives for campaign jobs. Members of Congress from both parties have engaged in the practice in recent years: Democratic Reps. Gwen Moore (D-WI4) paid her sister and Conor Lamb (D-PA17) paid his brother, while Republican Reps. Russ Fulcher (R-ID1) paid his daughter and Steve King (R-IA4) paid his son.

The practice is legal, although many in both parties have considered it ethically dubious. The Campaign Expenditure Transparency Act of 2007, which would have banned the practice, attracted bipartisan cosponsorship. It passed the House in a voice vote, used …

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Thomas Tiffany

Sponsor. Representative for Wisconsin's 7th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 5, 2021
Length: 4 pages
Feb 5, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Feb 5, 2021

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4 Cosponsors (4 Republicans)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Feb 5, 2021

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