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S. 693: No CORRUPTION Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 21, 2021 (Reported by Senate Committee).

Summary of this bill

Should a senator convicted of bribery still receive their taxpayer-funded pension?

Context

Members of Congress are entitled to a pension after serving for five years. The plan also contains cost-of-living adjustments, which less than 10 percent of private sector pensions do.

The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 prevents a member of Congress convicted of a felony (such as bribery) from collecting their pension — but only after they have exhausted their legal appeals. From the original conviction to the end of the legal process can take years, during which they can collect their pension the whole time.

What the legislation does

The No CORRUPTION Act would prevent any ...


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Calendar No. 81

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 693

[Report No. 117–27]

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 10, 2021

(for herself and Mr. Scott of Florida) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

June 21, 2021

Reported by , without amendment

A BILL

To amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for the halt in pension payments for Members of Congress sentenced for certain offenses, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the No Congressionally Obligated Recurring Revenue Used as Pensions To Incarcerated Officials Now Act or the No CORRUPTION Act.

2.

Forfeiture of pension

(a)

In general

Section 8332(o) of title 5, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by redesignating paragraphs (4), (5), and (6) as paragraphs (5), (6), and (7), respectively;

(2)

by inserting after paragraph (3) the following:

(4)
(A)

Subject to subparagraph (B), an individual convicted of an offense described in paragraph (2) shall not be eligible to receive any payment of an annuity pursuant to the retirement system under this subchapter or chapter 84, except that this sentence applies only to such payments based on service rendered as a Member (irrespective of when rendered).

(B)

If the conviction of an individual described in subparagraph (A) is overturned on appeal by a court of competent jurisdiction, the individual shall receive payments that the individual would have received but for the application of subparagraph (A).

(C)

This paragraph applies only to a conviction that occurs after the date of enactment of the No Congressionally Obligated Recurring Revenue Used as Pensions To Incarcerated Officials Now Act.

;

(3)

in paragraph (5)(B)(i), as so redesignated, by striking paragraph (5) and inserting paragraph (6); and

(4)

in paragraph (6), as so redesignated, by striking paragraph (4)(B) and inserting paragraph (5)(B).

(b)

Technical and conforming amendment

Section 719(e)(2) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by striking section 8332(o)(5) and inserting section 8332(o)(6).

June 21, 2021

Reported without amendment