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115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3504


To amend title 18, United States Code, to establish a uniform 5-year post-employment ban on all lobbying by former Members of Congress, to establish a uniform 2-year post-employment ban on all lobbying by former officers and employees of Congress, to lower the income threshold for applying such ban to former officers and employees of Congress, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 27, 2017

Mr. Posey introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, to establish a uniform 5-year post-employment ban on all lobbying by former Members of Congress, to establish a uniform 2-year post-employment ban on all lobbying by former officers and employees of Congress, to lower the income threshold for applying such ban to former officers and employees of Congress, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Public Service Integrity Act”.

SEC. 2. Restrictions on lobbying by former Members of Congress.

(a) 5-Year post-Employment ban on all lobbying.—

(1) FORMER SENATORS.—Subparagraph (A) of section 207(e)(1) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking “within 2 years after that person leaves office” and inserting “within 5 years after that person leaves office”.

(2) FORMER MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.—Paragraph (1) of section 207(e) of such title is amended by striking subparagraph (B) and inserting the following:

“(B) MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.—Any person who is a Member of the House of Representatives and who, within 5 years after that person leaves office, knowingly makes, with the intent to influence, any communication to or appearance before any Member, officer, or employee of either House of Congress and any employee of any other legislative office of the Congress, on behalf of any other person (except the United States) in connection with any matter on which such former Member seeks action by a Member, officer, or employee of either House of Congress, in his or her official capacity, shall be punished as provided in section 216 of this title.

“(C) OFFICERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.—Any person who is an elected officer of the House of Representatives and who, within 1 year after that person leaves office, knowingly makes, with the intent to influence, any communication to or appearance before any Member, officer, or employee of the House of Representatives, on behalf of any other person (except the United States) in connection with any matter on which such former elected officer seeks action by a Member, officer, or employee of either House of Congress, in his or her official capacity, shall be punished as provided in section 216 of this title.”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to any individual who, on or after the date of the enactment of this Act, leaves an office to which section 207(e)(1) of title 18, United States Code, applies.

SEC. 3. Restrictions on lobbying by former officers and employees of Congress.

(a) 2-Year post-Employment ban on all lobbying.—

(1) FORMER OFFICERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.—Subparagraph (C) of section 207(e)(1) of title 18, United States Code, as amended by section 2(a)(2), is amended by striking “within 1 year” and inserting “within 2 years”.

(2) FORMER OFFICERS AND STAFF OF THE SENATE.—Paragraph (2) of section 207(e) of such title is amended by striking “within 1 year” and inserting “within 2 years”.

(3) FORMER PERSONAL STAFF OF MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.—Paragraph (3)(A) of section 207(e) of such title is amended by striking “within 1 year” and inserting “within 2 years”.

(4) FORMER COMMITTEE STAFF OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.—Paragraph (4) of section 207(e) of such title is amended by striking “within 1 year” and inserting “within 2 years”.

(5) FORMER LEADERSHIP STAFF OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.—Paragraph (5)(A) of section 207(e) of such title is amended by striking “within 1 year” and inserting “within 2 years”.

(6) FORMER STAFF OF OTHER LEGISLATIVE OFFICES OF CONGRESS.—Paragraph (6)(A) of section 207(e) of such title is amended by striking “within 1 year” and inserting “within 2 years”.

(b) Lowering income threshold for application of restrictions.—Subparagraph (A) of section 207(e)(7) of such title is amended by striking “75 percent of the rate of basic pay” and inserting “50 percent of the rate of basic pay”.

(c) Effective date.—The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to any individual who, on or after the date of the enactment of this Act, leaves a position to which section 207(e) of title 18, United States Code, applies.