Text: H.R.161 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (01/03/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 161


To prohibit immediate family members of heads of certain agencies and departments from soliciting or otherwise raising funds from certain foreign entities.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 3, 2019

Mr. Fitzpatrick introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform


A BILL

To prohibit immediate family members of heads of certain agencies and departments from soliciting or otherwise raising funds from certain foreign entities.

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 “Cabinet Service Integrity Act”.

SEC. 2. Definitions.

In this Act:

(1) CLOSE ASSOCIATE.—The term “close associate” means, with respect to a senior foreign political figure, an individual who is widely and publicly known to maintain a close relationship with the senior foreign political figure, unless it is established that such individual is a citizen of and domiciled within the United States.

(2) COVERED FOREIGN ENTITY.—The term “covered foreign entity” means—

(A) a government of a foreign country;

(B) a foreign political party; or

(C) any entity that is owned or controlled by a government of a foreign country or a foreign political party.

(3) FOREIGN POLITICAL PARTY; GOVERNMENT OF A FOREIGN COUNTRY.—The terms “foreign political party” and “government of a foreign country” have the meanings given those terms in section 1 of the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 (22 U.S.C. 611).

(4) IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBER OF A HEAD OF A RELEVANT AGENCY OR DEPARTMENT.—The term “immediate family member of a head of a relevant agency or department” means, with respect to a head of a relevant agency or department, a sibling, spouse, or child of the head of a relevant agency or department.

(5) IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBER OF A SENIOR FOREIGN POLITICAL FIGURE.—The term “immediate family member of a senior foreign political figure” means, with respect to a senior foreign political figure, a sibling, spouse, or child of the senior foreign political figure, unless it is established that such sibling, spouse, or child is a citizen of and domiciled within the United States.

(6) RELEVANT AGENCY OR DEPARTMENT.—The term “relevant agency or department” means—

(A) the Environmental Protection Agency; or

(B) an “Executive department”, as defined in section 101 of title 5, United States Code.

(7) SENIOR FOREIGN POLITICAL FIGURE.—The term “senior foreign political figure” means—

(A) a senior official in any branch of the government of a foreign country; or

(B) a senior official of a foreign political party.

SEC. 3. Prohibition.

During the period in which an individual is acting as the head of a relevant agency or department, an immediate family member of that head of a relevant agency or department may not solicit or otherwise raise funds for any purpose from any—

(1) covered foreign entity;

(2) senior foreign political figure;

(3) immediate family member of a senior foreign political figure;

(4) close associate of a senior foreign political figure; or

(5) entity that is owned or controlled by an individual described in paragraph (2), (3), or (4).

SEC. 4. Penalties.

Whoever knowingly fails to comply with this Act shall be fined not more than $1,000,000, imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.

SEC. 5. Effective date.

This Act shall take effect on the date that is 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act.