End Citizens United applauds Rep. Brad Schneider for introducing the Prohibiting Perks and Privileges Act. The bill would prevent former Members of Congress who become lobbyists from taking advantage of congressional benefits, strengthen transparency requirements, and help ensure responsible use of taxpayer-funded travel.
Schneider Introduces Bill to Prevent Former Members of Congress who Lobby from Abusing Congressional Privileges
Prohibiting Perks and Privileges Act also strengthens transparency and responsible use of taxpayer-funded travel
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) announced the introduction of new legislation to make Congress more accountable and transparent to the American people.
H.R.6640, the Prohibiting Perks and Privileges Act would prevent former Members of Congress who become lobbyists from abusing their congressional privileges, would strengthen transparency requirements surrounding financial disclosure data, and make other changes to promote responsible use of taxpayer-funded travel.
“Serving in Congress is a high honor, and it’s wrong for former Members of Congress to leverage their public service for personal profit lobbying on behalf of corporate clients,” said Schneider. “The American people expect their elected representatives to be held to a higher standard. I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this legislation to shut down these abuses, as well as institute other commonsense good government reforms. When Congress is more accountable and transparent, we more effectively serve our constituents.”
Specifically, the Prohibiting Perks and Privileges Act would:
Prohibit former Members of Congress who become lobbyists from receiving certain health and pension benefits, from access to the floor in either chamber, access to Member dining rooms, access to House and Senate document rooms, and use of the House Legislative Resource Center and Senate Library;
Require Members’ personal financial disclosure statements to be posted on their websites;
Prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to pay for spouses that accompany Members on official travel; and
Prohibit Members from using airline miles accrued as a result of their service for personal use. Instead, the bill would require these miles to either be used for official travel or donated.
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