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GOP Rep. DeSantis: 'Drain the Swamp Act' Will Change Incentives For Serving in Washington

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By    |   Wednesday, 08 Mar 2017 04:13 PM

A Florida congressman has proposed a "Drain the Swamp Act" in a bid to help carry out some of President Donald Trump's campaign promises to make the Washington politics more ethical.

"Trump gave a very important speech to talk about 'draining the swamp' and identified basically two main things. One is congressional term limits, which I am also the lead sponsor of here in the House, and then he delineated a number of ethics reforms that needed to be done to drain the swamp," Ron DeSantis, a Republican, said Wednesday to Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV's "America Talks Live."

"My bill, titled the 'Drain the Swamp Act,' basically takes the reforms that he proposed during the campaign and we're trying to find a path forward here in the Congress. What it tries to do is change some of the incentives for people that come to Washington and serve."

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DeSantis said that, for example, over half of those who serve in the Congress, House or Senate go from serving to lobbying on K Street, an area near Capitol Hill where major think tanks, lobbying firms and advocacy groups are located.

"You go back 30, 40 years ago, it was like 5 percent used to do that. So you can come and serve and then you end up going to K Street, you make a lot of money, and it's all legal and fair and I don't criticize people who do it," DeSantis said.

"But the question is, do you have staffers doing that, tripling their income after working on a committee or in the leadership going to K Street, members doing that? People come here and just kind of stay here and are part of this permanent political class that really I think Donald Trump correctly took aim at.

"So if the incentives are changed, then maybe we'd ended up bringing in some different people so what we've done in the bill is extended the lobbying ban from one year to five years for former members of Congress, congressional staff, and senior executive branch officials."

DeSantis said such a bill would stop those who serve from quickly "cashing in" on their public service.

"I think that would probably change the incentives for some of the people coming up here. I think you'd get people who are a little bit more service-oriented, perhaps, and are eager to make a mark and then to go back and live under those laws," he said.

"We're actually working with some of the folks in the White House to try to get this exactly right. I think the bill we did tracks basically what he said, but we're obviously open to suggestions.

"I think if we can advance some of these things, this Congress, a lot of Democrats will probably oppose us on it. I think that'll be received very warmly by the American public."

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