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house Bill H.R. 4187

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 a lobbyist.

KenBudris's Opinion
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11/17/2017
I think lobbyists should be banned altogether. Modern technology provides ample opportunity for representatives to interact with their constituents. Lobbying is just a way for those with money to exert a disproportionate amount of influence on government.
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NoHedges's Opinion
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11/17/2017
Yes, but without the grandfather clause protecting CURRENT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS.
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Rick 's Opinion
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11/17/2017
How about a step further and add term limits if you really want to make a difference and keep your constituents as your priority as opposed to special interest groups and lobbyists!!!
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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.

j.ullman's Opinion
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11/17/2017
So, it sounds like a good idea to limit the freedom of speech of former public officials just because they are influential? If you would like to enact such a law, you may as well prohibit celebrities from doing the same. And while you’re at it, rich people too. Obviously, I’m joking, and limiting freedom of speech is not alright.
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John's Opinion
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11/17/2017
Who does this bill protect? If current lobbyists are grandfathered in, who are they? Why was this written to protect them? Is this saying the current shills for the insurance industry are honorable, but current members of congress won't be? Maybe it's intended to exclude the current crop of retiring congressmen from having any influence over their former colleagues. I think there's more to this than meets the eye.
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Sharon's Opinion
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11/17/2017
Former members of Congress should never be allowed to lobby. The temptation to pander to special interests is already existent because of the money they donate. If a member of Congress sees the possibility of a lucrative future working for one, it seems to me the temptation would be that much greater. Special interest groups, corporations, and wealthy individuals already have undue influence through donated money and hosted fundraisers, crowding out the average citizen. Evidence for tgat is in the voting records and the periodic efforts at campaign finance reform.
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    I think lobbyists should be banned altogether. Modern technology provides ample opportunity for representatives to interact with their constituents. Lobbying is just a way for those with money to exert a disproportionate amount of influence on government.
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    Yes, but without the grandfather clause protecting CURRENT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS.
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    How about a step further and add term limits if you really want to make a difference and keep your constituents as your priority as opposed to special interest groups and lobbyists!!!
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    Our crooked politicians are going to continue to take bribes from lobbyists until we outlaw lobbying completely.
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    Allowing former congress persons to lobby just encourages them to make decisions in their own best interest...cozying up to special interests or big industries. Lawmakers should be representing their constituents, not their future selves.
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    It’s about time. But it should also include all former members of Congress.
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    It's a manipulation of the process. All lobbyists should be outlawed.
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    Absolutely, I believe that the many revolving doors in government need to be shut firmly and locked as tight as can be to prevent and criminalize the endless parade of executives from the private sector coming in to run the departments that regulate their industries and those, whose very political life is built on making deals, from making deals with their former colleagues after they have joined the private sector.
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    Should include all members of Congress. No grandfathering.
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    All lobbyists need to be banned as this is just a way to get special interest money to politicians who can easily read their mail, answer their phones or go meet their constituents to learn what is important to them. It becomes most important to keep former politicians from lobbying as they have more access to current politicians and more influence within their parties. That’s just too much pressure and influence to be resisted.
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    Lobbyism is America's most dangerous and destructive policy. This isn't limiting free speech for politicians, or restricting those with specialized knowledge. Politicians assigned to cabinets in which they have no knowledge or experience in makes that pretty obvious. It's more about controlling conflicts of interest and behind-the-door deals. It's no coincidence politicians end up in high-end positions for big corporations once they're out of office.
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    Absolutely!! This setups such an abuse of power and fraud. They should be banned for 5 years or more to remove all the cronyism.
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    The elected sitting Congress person is there to represent their constituents, not former Congress people. This is a common sense "No"
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    So, it sounds like a good idea to limit the freedom of speech of former public officials just because they are influential? If you would like to enact such a law, you may as well prohibit celebrities from doing the same. And while you’re at it, rich people too. Obviously, I’m joking, and limiting freedom of speech is not alright.
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    What kind of SWAMP question is that? Those are the most toxic and damaging critters in the Swamp, former Fraternity and Sorority Members coming back cashing in favors while no one listens to the concerns of the people. An example is the Republican Tax cut Just passing the House. Tax cut for the rich, pushed by three Billionaire Families, while increasing taxes on $10,000 to $75,000 households. Drain The Swamp Bone-Dry! When we get them out, keep them out.
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    How can Americans trust that their representatives are acting in their best interest when special interest groups have the money to pay for congressmen to get in their ear. Lobbying needs a LOT more restrictions, this is one small step.
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    Uhhh duhhh!!! For a former congressman or woman to have lobbying power is an infiltration of our law making system. There are many laws presented before Congress and if unelected citizens have a hard time being heard, then a once elected congressman or woman should not be given preference in the supposed unbiased and all inclusive political system we call democracy. Yet and still, I find it interesting that this law doesn’t include current ex congressmen and women. This law will only be applied or enacted against those leaving office once this bill is passed. Things that make you go Hmmm?!?
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    The lobbyist industry has created the greatest division between what the people want and special interest groups want since its inception-they are the very snakes and alligators that support the swamp. That politicians continue to exert their influence and often get paid to do it, gives them continued access to the power structure that is beyond the average citizen. Current and future politicians should be prevented from having this conduit to influence legislation. I vote yeah!
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    For life!
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    Gee!...What an idea.
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