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house Bill H.R. 1145

Banning Former Members of Congress From Lobbying Current Members of Congress

Argument in favor

Members of Congress need to put Americans first while they’re in office, and that task becomes difficult when they’re being lobbied by their former colleagues. This bill wisely bans former members of Congress from returning the Capitol as lobbyists.

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03/30/2019
Yes. Clean up the corruption and unethical practices. Further more, All Lobbying should be banned. Corporations want the Government to stay out of their businesses, We The People want Corporations to stay out of our Government!!
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burrkitty's Opinion
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03/30/2019
Moving from Congress to lobbyists is a clear conflict of interest. Congress isn’t supposed to be a pass-through stepping stone to lobbyists jobs.
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Cndrla's Opinion
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03/30/2019
I have a non compete as an employee of one of the largest health care corporations in the country. Not because it’s in my best interest. I have no choice or say in the manner. If it’s good for the corporation then it’s good for the gander. It’s a clear conflict of interest. CORRUPTION 🖕
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Argument opposed

When a lawmaker’s time serving their constituents in Congress comes to an end, they shouldn’t be prohibited from lobbying their former colleagues. It’s unfair to restrict their future employment opportunities, especially when they have specialized knowledge.

BoldlyGo's Opinion
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03/30/2019
This Bill does NOT go far enough! It Must Ban All Former Members of Congress From Lobbying Current Members of Congress⚖
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singinghawk926's Opinion
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03/30/2019
A nice idea, but unconstitutional. Any time we try to control an individual’s behavior we will run up against the First Amendment. If we can change the legal underpinnings of corporate personhood, we can utilize the ideas in this bill to control the corporations and profit-making institutions from using their greater financial power to undermine the will of the American people through influence in the halls of Congress. But interfering in the personal decisions of legislators is not the way to go. In the short term, lengthening the period between a legislator leaving Congress and their pursuing employment with lobbying firms seems more reasonable, since the Constitutional issues surrounding when a legislator can pursue a lobbying career have already been established by current law and precedent.
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Vijay's Opinion
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03/30/2019
This is a vague and incomplete bill. Former representatives and senators should be able to pass on their knowledge and expertise and give advice. But they should NOT be able to benefit or enrich themselves using that influence. Former representatives and senators and cabinet should be banned from all kinds of lobbying (need to define more clearly). Currently, most of our laws are being written by lobbyists and the Congress rubber stamps it. All the other lobbying should also be transparent and available for review by public
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    Yes. Clean up the corruption and unethical practices. Further more, All Lobbying should be banned. Corporations want the Government to stay out of their businesses, We The People want Corporations to stay out of our Government!!
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    This Bill does NOT go far enough! It Must Ban All Former Members of Congress From Lobbying Current Members of Congress⚖
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    Moving from Congress to lobbyists is a clear conflict of interest. Congress isn’t supposed to be a pass-through stepping stone to lobbyists jobs.
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    I have a non compete as an employee of one of the largest health care corporations in the country. Not because it’s in my best interest. I have no choice or say in the manner. If it’s good for the corporation then it’s good for the gander. It’s a clear conflict of interest. CORRUPTION 🖕
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    All the doors to corruption should be sealed closed!
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    Lobbyists are NOT interested in the public's best interests
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    Lobbying as a paid profession should be ILLEGAL. Period.
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    This bill also needs to put in a retroactive ban on former members of Congress from lobbying current members as well. This shouldn’t just apply on and after a certain date. All former members of Congress that are currently involved in lobbying need to stop now!
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    If a Congressperson is elected out or decided to “retire” from congress it is usually because the voters no longer wanted that individual to represent them. With that said, why should they remain in Washington to continue to peddle the ideas that got them forced out in the first place?
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    Lobbying of all kinds needs to be made illegal (as does Citizens United)to all past and present members of the government. These people are public servants. We do not send them to Washington for 2,4, or six years so that they may be wined, dined and given gifts and essentially listen to commercials in order to get their next 2, 4, or 6 years in Washington paid for in full or part by lobbyists. To allow former public servants to lobby current public servants to me could almost be seen as a form of blackmail and should not be allowed. No lobbying should be allowed. If a group has something to say, they need to say it to their reps and then to the whole Congress.
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    👍🏻👍🏻 House Bill H.R. 1145 AKA “the BLAST Act “ 👍🏻👍🏻 I’m in full agreement with and recommend the passage of the House Bill H.R. 1145 AKA “the BLAST Act “ which would prohibit former members of Congress from lobbying current members of Congress. It would take effect on the date of its enactment and apply to individuals who leave Congress on or after that date, meaning that former lawmakers who are already lobbying Congress at that time can continue to do so. Members of Congress need to put Americans first while they’re in office, and that task becomes difficult when they’re being lobbied by their former colleagues. This bill wisely bans former members of Congress from returning the Capitol as lobbyists. SneakyPete.......... 👍🏻👍🏻HR-1145👍🏻👍🏻. 3*30*19..........
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    Politics is not supposed to be a career.
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    Corruption flourishes when former elected officials use their access to convince former colleagues to do what they are paid to promote by some of the most vile corporations and PACs. Knowing that lucrative lobbying positions will follow election encourages the worst profit-motivated candidates with no interest in the good of country nor constituents. Selfishness prevails.
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    We have to get rid of lobbyists altogether
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    When a former legislator returns to civilian life, they should have no more influence on current legislators than normal civilians. Using their elected position to influence legislation is not fair to the rest of us.
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    This would cut down on politicians who are focusing on money instead of their constituents.
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    Abolish lobbying period.
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    Should ban all
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    all politicians should be banned from ever lobbying.
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    This is one of very few things that Republicans AND Democrats can both agree on. And if Democrats and Republicans agree on something, you know it’s something the American people in general agree on. So, let’s get rid of Lobbyists, period. Not just any members of Congress that leave after a given date, but all Lobbyists! Then Congress will have much less temptation to be influenced by anyone but their constituents, whom they were elected to represent.
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