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house Bill H.R. 931

Should Members of Congress be Prohibited from Lobbying Until They Repay Taxpayer Funds Used to Settle Sexual Harassment Suits?

Argument in favor

Members of Congress who use taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment suits should be required to pay that money back before they take high-paying lobbying jobs — and this bill would be a great mechanism for ensuring that happens.

Stewart's Opinion
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02/17/2019
There should be a lifetime ban on lobbying for all politicians
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CaptJack's Opinion
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02/17/2019
Members of Congress shouldn’t be able to lobby in any case, but this is a good step forward.
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Mark's Opinion
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02/17/2019
Thank you in advance for your support and yes vote on the BLAKE Act! Bipartisan legislation that is long overdue!
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Argument opposed

This bill is going to apply to very few members of Congress. There’s no point to passing this — public pressure and last December’s overhaul of Congress’ sexual harassment rules to require members to pay sexual harassment suits out of pocket are sufficient.

DavisTrev's Opinion
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02/17/2019
They shouldn’t use taxpayers money. Period.
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Kevin's Opinion
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02/17/2019
They should be banned for life from lobbying.
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J. scott's Opinion
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02/18/2019
There are already restrictions on Politicians and former federal officials for lobbying and it doesn’t stop them. I’m thinking a 5-10 year ban would work as effectively. Perhaps the better answer is to eliminate or vastly curtail lobbying period as impossible as that may seem.
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 30th, 2019
    There should be a lifetime ban on lobbying for all politicians
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    They shouldn’t use taxpayers money. Period.
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    Members of Congress shouldn’t be able to lobby in any case, but this is a good step forward.
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    Thank you in advance for your support and yes vote on the BLAKE Act! Bipartisan legislation that is long overdue!
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    Yes, politicians should be banned from lobbying, period.
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    They should never be lobbyist.
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    Prohibit from lobbing forever and a day !!
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    They should be banned for life from lobbying.
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    Absolutely. And those numbers need to be made public
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    Hell yes. They shouldn’t be allowed to work their n government anywhere ever again, but if they want to get back in they should have to pay the settlements.
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    There are already restrictions on Politicians and former federal officials for lobbying and it doesn’t stop them. I’m thinking a 5-10 year ban would work as effectively. Perhaps the better answer is to eliminate or vastly curtail lobbying period as impossible as that may seem.
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    The federal government should not be responsible for the costs associated with legal expenses related to any offense by members of the House or Senate that warrants their removal from office. This would provide assurance that legislators who leave office under such circumstances cannot seek to benefit from their time in office without repaying the government for any expenses associated with the grounds for their dismissals or leaving office due to legal issues.
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    Of course. Any retired or previous government employee or Congress member should not be allowed to lobby or become a lobbyist. Lobbying should be outlawed anyways.
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    👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 House Bill H.R. 931 AKA the BLAKE ACT 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 I’m in extremely strong support and recommend the passage of the House bill H.R. 931 AKA the BLAKE Act, which would prohibit former members of Congress from serving as lobbyists until they met any obligations imposed upon them under the Congressional Accountability Act, which requires members of Congress to reimburse the Treasury for taxpayer-funded sexual harassment settlements. Members of Congress who use taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment suits should be required to pay that money back before they take high-paying lobbying jobs — and this bill would be a great mechanism for ensuring that happens. P.S...... I’d also strongly recommend adding folks like Rev. Al Sharpton, who’s lagging greatly paying his long overdue, Federal Tax Bill. Of course, being a card carrying Democrat, he can do no wrong, heaven forbid. 🙀👿(🤦🏻‍♂️) SneakyPete......... 👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻. 2*17*19.......... SEE: https://www.compliance.gov/sites/default/files/CAA_508v2.pdf
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    I think any elected official should be permanently banned from lobbying regardless of moneys owed.
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    YEA !!
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    Yes they should be banned until they repay! Better yet, We the People should not be paying to defend them against the consequences of their sexual indiscretions. They need to pay for their own legal defense, just like a normal American. They are not supposed to be better than any other American. So, why do they misuse our taxes and act like kings?
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    Members of Congress should not become lobbyists. Members of Congress should be made to pay for their sexual harassment legal fees, fees, fines etc. taxpayers should not be paying for that. Stop sexual predator behavior!
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    Well said, Joseph! HELL, NOT JUST UNTIL HE PAYS IT BACK - WHICH, BY THE WAY, HE MUST BE REQUIRED TO DO! ADDITIONALLY, NO ONE PROVEN TO HAVE PAID SEXUAL HARASSMENT MONIES, TO ANYONE, SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO LOBBY FOR, AT LEAST, 10 YEARS FROM THE DATE OF SUCH SETTLEMENTS! Hopefully, we won’t have to worry about lobbyists and their wants and needs, anymore, in the VERY near future!
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    There should be no lobbying by politicians retiring from office and no benefits at all until they pay back the taxpayers
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