Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), alongside Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME), reintroduced H.R. 3389, the Congressional and Executive Foreign Lobbying Ban. This bipartisan invoice would ban retired members of Congress, senior government department officers, and normal and flag officers of the Armed Forces from lobbying on behalf of international pursuits. Click HERE for invoice textual content.
“There is a growing problem in Washington: too many U.S. government officials are willing to shop their connections and expertise to foreign adversaries,” stated Rep. Gallagher. “If you have the privilege of serving in the highest levels of the federal government, you should not be able to sell out the country and undermine our national security. This bipartisan bill holds government officials to a higher standard and ensures those trusted with faithfully executing the Constitution don’t stop once they’ve left government.”
“Folks in Washington sweep it under the rug, but members of Congress, White House officials, and retired military brass have the ability to go to work for foreign governments to influence US policy after leaving office. Believe it or not, that’s entirely legal. Congressman Mike Gallagher and I are introducing a bipartisan bill to end this practice and permanently bar former members of Congress, cabinet officials, and high-ranking military officers from lobbying on behalf of foreign countries. It’s dangerous and wrong that it’s allowed in the first place,” stated Rep. Jared Golden.