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May 28, 2007

House Votes - H.R. 2317, H.R. 2316 - Lobbying Reform

H.Res. 437:
  • Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2317) to amend the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 to require registered lobbyists to file quarterly reports on contributions bundled for certain recipients, and for other purposes and
  • providing for the consideration of the bill (H.R. 2316) to provide more rigorous requirements with respct to disclosure and enforcement of lobbying laws and regulations, and for other purposes.
Debate
Rep. Gingrey [R-GA]: "I thank my friend and former chairman, Mr. Dreier, for yielding. I rise in strong opposition to this rule to H.R. 2316. The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act I am not opposed to.

It's the rule that I am opposed to. When you have 48 amendments and five of them are made in order, this is not open government. This is not open process."

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 224-195

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 224-197


H.R. 2317: Lobbying Transparency Act of 2007

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
(consideration: CR H5753-5755; text: CR H5753)
Passed 228-192
House Republicans Jolt Democrats on Lobbying Overhaul
Democrats who campaigned successfully last year against a “culture of corruption” in the Republican-controlled Congress found themselves one-upped today when more than 30 of their own members voted for a GOP motion to strengthen the package.
On Passage
Passed 382-37


H.R. 2316: Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
(consideration, text: H5772-5773)
Passed 346-71
GOP Proposal to Strengthen Lobbying Reform, Close Loopholes
Today, House Republicans will offer a straightforward proposal – offered as a motion-to-recommit (MTR) on the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act (H.R. 2316) – to
  1. close the government lobbyist loophole by ensuring all registered lobbyists are subject to House ethics rules,
  2. close the revolving door for lobbyists-turned-staff members,
  3. shine more light on the earmark process by requiring lobbyists to report the earmarks for which they lobby, and
  4. require lobbyists to disclose contributions they’ve “bundled” together (per H.R. 2317, which passed the House earlier today), including contributions bundled to Political Action Committees—PACs (per the Republican motion-to-recommit on H.R. 2317, which the House also adopted).
On Passage
Passed 396-22


Tough Stand on Lobbying in House
Despite strong objections from many in their caucus, House Democratic leaders introduced lobbying legislation that would toughen restrictions on when former members can lobby Congress and would force disclosure of bundled political contributions.

Ethics Legislation Easily Passes House
Prodded by Democratic leaders and by freshmen elected partly on promises to clean up Washington, the House approved new ethics legislation yesterday that would penalize lawmakers who receive a wide range of favors from special interests, and would require lobbyists to disclose the campaign contributions they collect and deliver to lawmakers.

The Oversight Congress: Freshman hard-liners

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