Text: H.R.3419 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3419


To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit former Members and elected officers of Congress from lobbying Congress at any time after leaving office, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 21, 2019

Ms. Craig introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committees on Rules, Ethics, and the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit former Members and elected officers of Congress from lobbying Congress at any time after leaving office, 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 “Halt Unchecked Member Benefits with Lobbying Elimination Act” or the “HUMBLE Act”.

SEC. 2. Prohibiting former Members and officers of Congress from lobbying Congress.

(a) Prohibition.—Section 207(e)(1) of title 18, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

“(1) MEMBERS AND ELECTED OFFICERS OF CONGRESS.—Any person who is a Senator, a Member of the House of Representatives, or an elected officer of the Senate or the House of Representatives and who, 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 or 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 Senator, Member, or elected official 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) Conforming amendments.—Section 207(e)(2) of such title is amended—

(1) in the heading, by striking “Officers and staff” and inserting “Staff”;

(2) by striking “an elected officer of the Senate, or”;

(3) by striking “leaves office or employment” and inserting “leaves employment”; and

(4) by striking “former elected officer or”.

(c) Effective date.—The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to an individual who leaves office on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 3. Prohibiting use of funds for official travel expenses of Members of Congress and legislative branch employees for airline accommodations other than coach-class.

(a) Prohibition.—Except as provided in subsection (b), no funds appropriated or otherwise made available for the official travel expenses of a Member of Congress or other officer or employee of any office in the legislative branch may be used for airline accommodations which are not coach-class accommodations.

(b) Exceptions.—Funds described in subsection (a) may be used for airline accommodations which are not coach-class accommodations for an individual described in subsection (a) if the use of the funds for such accommodations would be permitted under sections 301–10.121 through 301–10.125 of title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations if the individual were an employee of an agency which is subject to chapter 301 of such title.

(c) Rule of Construction.—Nothing in this Act may be construed to affect any officer or employee of an office of the legislative branch which, as of the date of the enactment of this Act, is subject to chapter 301 of title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

(d) Definitions.—

(1) COACH-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS.—In this Act, the term “coach-class accommodations” means the basic class of accommodation by airlines that is normally the lowest fare offered regardless of airline terminology used, and (as referred to by airlines) may include tourist class or economy class, as well as single class when the airline offers only one class of accommodations to all travelers.

(2) MEMBER OF CONGRESS.—In this Act, the term “Member of Congress” means a Senator or a Representative in, or Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress.

(e) Effective date.—This section shall apply with respect to fiscal year 2020 and each succeeding fiscal year.

SEC. 4. Benefits and services provided to former Members of the House of Representatives.

(a) Benefits and services described.—The House of Representatives may not make any of the following benefits and services available to an individual who becomes a former Member of the House (except to the extent such benefits and services are made available to members of the public):

(1) Access to the Hall of the House.

(2) Access to athletic facilities and other facilities available for the use of Members of the House.

(3) Access to the Members’ Dining Room located in the House of Representatives wing of the United States Capitol.

(4) Access to parking spaces.

(5) Access to material from the House document room.

(6) Use of the collections in the House Legislative Resource Center without borrowing privileges.

(b) Waiver authority.—

(1) AUTHORITY TO WAIVE ELIMINATION OF BENEFIT OR SERVICE.—The Speaker and the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives may jointly, on a case-by-case basis, grant a waiver of subsection (a) with respect to a former Member of the House and a benefit or service described in such subsection.

(2) PUBLICATION IN CONGRESSIONAL RECORD.—If the Speaker and the Minority Leader jointly grant a waiver under paragraph (1) to make a benefit or service available to a former Member, the Speaker and Minority Leader shall, not later than 24 hours after the waiver is granted, cause to have published in the Congressional Record a statement identifying the former Member and the benefit or service involved.

SEC. 5. Prohibiting Members of House of Representatives from owning individual stocks.

(a) In general.—Rule XXIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives (known as the “Code of Official Conduct”) is amended by designating clause 19 as clause 20 and inserting after clause 18 the following:

“19. A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may not own the common stock of any individual corporation.”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect immediately before noon on January 3, 2021.


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