Summary: S.129 — 104th Congress (1995-1996)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (01/04/1995)

Ethics in Government Reform Act of 1995 - Amends the Federal criminal code to increase specified post-employment restrictions on: (1) the Vice President of the United States; (2) certain full-time noncareer employees in the Executive Office of the President and presidential, vice presidential, or agency head appointees in the executive branch whose basic rate of pay is at least $80,000 per year (senior executive branch officials); (3) Members of Congress; and (4) congressional employees paid at least $80,000 per year (senior staff).

Prohibits the Vice President and senior executive branch officials from: (1) lobbying their former agencies (except on behalf of the United States) for five years after termination of their service or employment; and (2) lobbying other executive branch officials (except on behalf of the United States) for two years after termination of their service or employment.

Prohibits for five years following employment termination any full-time noncareer employees in the Executive Office of the President from lobbying (except on behalf of the United States) on a matter in which they had substantial involvement.

Prohibits for life any lobbying by persons covered by this Act, including the President, on behalf of a foreign entity, and reception of any gifts (with specified exceptions) from a foreign government or foreign political party.

Prohibits, for life, senior executive branch officials, Members of Congress, and congressional senior staff who have acted as trade negotiators from lobbying on behalf of a foreign entity, or advising for compensation a foreign entity on how best to lobby the U.S. Government.

Prohibits Members of Congress and congressional senior staff from lobbying (except on behalf of the United States): (1) the entire Congress for two years following termination of service or employment; and (2) their former committees and employing entities for five years following service or employment termination.

Sets forth criminal penalties for violations of this Act, as well as general exceptions to its provisions.