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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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