Democratic Senator wants to permanently ban lawmakers from lobbying 

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., shouldn’t expect too many co-sponsors on this one — he’s proposed a bill (S 3272, not yet available online) to permanently ban House members and Senators from becoming federal lobbyists.

Current law imposes a two-year moratorium, but even during that period, an ex-congressman can lobby the administration and the other chamber. Also, during that period, he can work with the lobbyists who are lobbying his recent colleagues.

If Bennet’s bill ever became law (about as likely as winning on a Dean’s Kitten, HomeBoyKris, Back Talk exacta tomorrow) congressmen would still cash out to K Street, and just work as non-registered lobbyists like Tom Daschle does. But even that would slightly curb special interest influence over legislation.

If I were a Republican leader, I’d push this bill and let the Democrats kill it.

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