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ROSEN CO-SPONSORS COMPREHENSIVE CONGRESSIONAL REFORM BILL

June 13, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) announced her co-sponsorship of the bipartisan Foster Accountability, Integrity, Trust, and Honor (FAITH) in Congress Act, a comprehensive reform bill to fix what’s broken with Congress. The bill includes provisions placing a lifetime ban on Members of Congress becoming lobbyists and includes a measure Rosen has previously supported, banning taxpayer-funded first-class flights for Members of Congress.

“As Members of Congress, we are elected to come to Washington to represent our districts and serve our constituents to the best of our abilities,” said Rosen. “Unfortunately, too many Members of Congress have disregarded this unique responsibility to serve, failing to do their job or work across the aisle and taking advantage of their public office for their own personal gain. I’m proud to sign on to this bipartisan legislation, and I will continue working across the aisle to promote transparency and bring accountability to Congress."

BACKGROUND: The Foster Accountability, Integrity, Trust, and Honor (FAITH) in Congress Act (H.R. 5946) was introduced by Reps. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). It includes the following provisions:
 

  • Barring First Class Flights - This provision prohibits the use of taxpayer funds for first class flights by Members of Congress and their staffs. Earlier this month, Rosen co-led a bipartisan amendment to the Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill on this same topic with Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA). In March 2017, Rosen signed a bipartisan letter to lead appropriators in the House to prohibit the use of taxpayer money for first-class flights for Members of Congress.

 
  • No Budget, No Pay - This measure would tie Members’ pay with whether or not Congress fulfills its constitutional responsibility of passing a budget and funding the federal government.

 
  • Repeals Automatic Member Pay Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) - Current law automatically gives Members of Congress cost of living adjustments; this provision would require any pay increase to be voted on.

 
  • Lifetime Lobbying Ban for Members of Congress – This measure would establish a lifetime lobbying ban for Members of Congress.

 
  • Required Bipartisan Support for Bills Before Coming to House Floor - This provision would only allow legislation with bipartisan support to be considered on the House floor. While such a limitation could be waived by a majority vote of the Rules Committee, it would give special consideration to bipartisan bills and add transparency to when a partisan bill comes to the floor.

 

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