H.R. 5609: To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to treat as a foreign national under such Act any registered lobbyist whose clients include foreign governments which are found to be sponsors of international terrorism or include other foreign nationals

H.R. 5609

To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to treat as a foreign national under such Act any registered lobbyist whose clients include foreign governments which are found to be sponsors of international terrorism or include other foreign nationals

Date
June 30, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

H.R. 5609 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage.  The legislation was introduced by Rep. John Hall (D-NY) on June 28, 2010.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5609 would ban lobbyists for state sponsors of terror or other foreign nationals from making contributions or political expenditures.  This legislation replicates part of the language from the DISCLOSE motion to recommit offered by Republicans on June 24, 2010.

Background

On June 24, 2010, the House passed H.R. 5175, the DISCLOSE Act.  The Republican MTR, which failed by a vote of 208 – 217, would have banned contributions and political expenditures by lobbyists who represent the governments of countries who the State Department has designated as state sponsors of terrorism.

Cost

CBO has not scored H.R. 5609.