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.
“President-Elect Trump ran on the promise of ‘Draining the Swamp,’” said Rep. Peter DeFazio. “The American people elected him with the expectation that he would bring a new way of doing business to Washington. I am introducing legislation to hold him and the thousands of political appointees accountable to those high standards.”
According to a press release made by Rep. DeFazio, Trump’s transition team announced the intended ban, but there is currently no penalty for violating the provision unless it is codified by Congress.
Rep. DeFazio will send the legislation to President-elect Trump so he has an opportunity to endorse it before it’s re-introduction to congress.