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Washington, D.C. – An Oregon congressman is introducing a bill to make sure that President-elect Donald Trump follows through with his promise to “Drain The Swamp”.
Congressman Peter DeFazio represents Oregon’s 4th District. He introduced The DRAIN the SWAMP Act (Deter Revolving-Door Appointments in Our Nation; Stop Washington Appointees from becoming Manipulative Petitioners, H.R. 647) on Thursday. The legislation would require a five-year ban on lobbying for anyone leaving the Executive Branch. It would also bar any appointed Trump Administration employees from lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.
DeFazio’s measure would reflect that proposal with a five-year lobbying ban after leaving the White House, as well as a permanent prohibition on any lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.
The bill would also impose penalties for violating Trump's proposed lobbying restrictions to a maximum of five years in prison. Current administration appointees can’t lobby for two years after leaving the executive branch, or else face up to five years in prison or a maximum $50,000 fine. DeFazio's bill would apply the same penalties to Trump's five-year ban and lobbying for foreign governments.
The House is expected to adjourn for the year later Thursday, meaning DeFazio’s legislation will expire with the end of the current session of Congress. But he plans to re-introduce it in January and present it to Trump’s transition team for support.
The Democratic congressman is brilliantly forcing Trump to put his money where his mouth is. If he genuinely wants to stop the revolving door, Trump will step up and pressure the Republican-controlled Congress to support the bill. If not, he is going to be forced to explain why he doesn't believe he should keep his word to his supporters. What do you think he'll do? We're betting that Trump will pretend DeFazio's bill doesn't even exist.
It puts Trump in a position where he either does what is right
originally posted by: mOjOm
a reply to: Gothmog
I have to say that it's this kind of attitude that is the problem.
Right away you dismiss what this guy is doing because he's a Dem. and automatically allow Trump an easy out without even understanding what's being said here.
I mean don't you want to hold Trump accountable for what he said he'll do???
Personally we should have bills like this for everyone going into office. Call it the "Keep your Promises Bill" or something and list the things they said they'll do which got them elected in the first place.
For far too long we let these people just skip out on the things they say they'll do and we do nothing about it.
Hold their feet to the fire. It's a win win really. You either expose them as a fraud or you get what they promised.