RTT News: Tester Cosponsors Bill To Ban Former Members Of Congress From Lobbying

(RTTNews) – Senator Jon Tester, D-Mont., revealed Monday that he is signing onto legislation that would permanently bar former members of Congress from becoming registered lobbyists.

Tester said he is cosponsoring the Close the Revolving Door Act, which was introduced by Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Col., last week, in an effort to continue cleaning up Washington.

In addition to banning former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists, the bill would also increase the “cooling off” period before Congressional staffers can become lobbyists from one year to six years.

The bill would also prevent a registered lobbyist from being hired by any member of Congress or committee they have lobbied for at least six years.

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