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Tester Pushes "Drain the Swamp" Bill

He's also promoting a wilderness bill.

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Kimberly Railey
March 6, 2017, 9:35 a.m.

Sen. Jon Tester (D) “is touting legislation to create a five-year wait period before ex-lawmakers can lobby their former colleagues — by referencing President Trump's pledge to ‘drain the swamp.’ Tester this week introduced a bill that would extend the ‘cooling off’ period for lawmakers, as well as ban hundreds of executive officials from becoming registered lobbyists for five years after they leave their job.”

"This legislation will hold public servants accountable and ensure folks in Congress and in the Administration are thinking about what’s best for our country — not what’s best for their wallets,” Tester said in a statement. (The Hill)

WILDERNESS BILL. “A week after … Tester released his Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act, some wilderness advocates question what it might really do. Now designated as S. 507, the bill resurrects a portion of Tester’s 8-year-old Forest Jobs and Recreation Act affecting the southwest corner of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. That bill ran into opposition from some environmentalists and U.S. Forest Service officials who objected to the way it mandated commercial work in the forests. The new bill has raised eyebrows for the compromises it’s made with mountain biking groups.” (Billings Gazette)

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