HuffPost What’s Working Honor Roll: This Bill Could Bar Former Members Of Congress From Lobbying Indefinitely

If this bill would miraculously become law, it would make a big difference in pushing back hard against corporate interests and fossil fuel industries in terms of their disproportionate amount of influence on Capital Hill. I have written on several occasions that the revolving door between K Street and the Hill needs to be shut down; especially in this era of Citizen’s United that we are living in, the imbalance of the power and influence is far too weighted for the tiny sliver of the population resideing at the top of our economic pyramid. If we were able to insure that a position in congress would not be the passport to a cushy job as a lobbyist, perhaps the congress people would then instead focus on working to advance the plight of the working people. I understand that businesses have a place at the table, but unless the business is a real mom and pop shop, most big businesses can do very well for themselves, without having a congress person in their back pocket. We the people need to have congress on our side to serve as an interested third party, making the playing field more level in terms of consumer protections, worker’s right, wage protections and environmental regulations. Our former President Teddy Roosevelt was a huge proponent for little guy, he deeply believed that the government’s purpose was to police big industry to make sure that they stayed on the up and up and didn’t take advantage of the people with their schemes and get rich tactics. I sincerely hope that there is a ground swell of support for this bill and that we harass and harangue our congress into passing this bill and sending it off to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

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  1. Thanks so much for posting this. This bill could make a very big difference in DC and the workings of Congress. It was introduced by a Republican, Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) , who deserves a lot of credit for introducing it. It will be interesting to see what happens.

    1. Let’s keep our fingers crossed! 😀

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