Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., plans to introduce a bill barring the immediate family of legislators and high-ranking government officials from doing business in Ukraine, The Hill reports.
Kennedy's bill, which he plans to file Oct. 14, when Congress comes back from its two-week recess, would ban members of the immediate family of the president, vice president, Cabinet official or any lawmaker from "serving as a consultant, employee, independent contractor or board member for or owning 5% or more in any entity doing business in or with Ukraine."
The senator added in a statement the government of Ukraine is "historically corrupt," and because of that, "senior members of our government should not be a part of, or seen to be a part of, this conduct."
He said, "my bill will remove any appearance of impropriety or potential conflict of interest for any immediate family member of a senior United States official. The best way to resist temptation is a proper upbringing, a strong set of values, and tough laws."
Although Kennedy did not mention former Vice President Joe Biden in his statement, Biden and his son, who worked on the board of a natural gas company that was owned by a Ukrainian oligarch during his father's time in office, have become the subject of controversy over business in Ukraine.
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