Former government officials would be banned from lobbying for a handful of foreign governments for 10 years after leaving their job under a measure approved by the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.
Former members and executive branch officials, including spies, would not be able to lobby on behalf of governments that fall under the State Department's "countries of particular concern" banner. That list includes the usual suspects - Iran, North Korea and Sudan - but also China, which could have a significant impact on the lobbying industry if passed into law. The amendment, offered by Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., was quickly approved by the committee on a voice vote.
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