A bill that probably won't pass and a criticism that tells less than the full story. This is how the campaign year is going. Congressman Tim Johnson of Urbana has a bill to ban lobbying by former members of Congress until five years after they leave office. Johnson says the current limit is a year.
Johnson says house and senate members are in campaign mode and may oppose his bill because they want to preserve employability if they lose the election. Johnson himself has opposition lined up in the primary and general elections. Democratic party officials are flaming Johnson saying he voted against a similar measure seven years ago. But, that's incomplete. The resolution Johnson opposed on a party line vote would have favored Democrats and included several other measures such as extending travel reimbursement to family members of office holders.
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