House lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly this year to ban former members who are registered lobbyists from the House floor and gym, and the Senate Rules Committee has unanimously supported legislation prohibiting retired senators who are registered as lobbyists from the floor of the upper chamber.
But congressional insiders say these reforms are largely meaningless because of Congress’s failure to restrict the access of lawmakers-turned-lobbyists to the Senate and House members’ dining rooms, where retired congressmen are seen much more frequently than on the Senate and House floors having quiet conversations.
No gym, no sweat — let’s have lunch from the hill
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Lobbyist Will Just Get Fatter
Having sat in, dined in, and been wined in the congressional dinning room...it's a lot nicer, but then they know that!
Posted by Jane Miles