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House Considering Different Versions of a Bill to Eliminate Pensions for Convicted Lawmakers

January 17, 2007 - by Donny Shaw

Last week, John Kerry (D-MA) introduced, and saw the passage of, an amendment to the senate ethics bill that would eliminate retirement pensions for congresspeople convicted of certain crimes. The crimes covered in the amendment included “bribery, conspiracy, and perjury to cover them up.”

In the House of Representatives, two bills proposing similar restrictions on retirement benefits for convicted lawmakers, one championed by Republicans, and one by Democrats, are competing for passage.

The Republican bill, sponsored by Mark Kirk (R-IL) extends the list of crimes covered in the bill to 21, including crimes related to espionage and embezzlement. But, it only applies to lawmakers convicted of crimes after the passage of the bill. That means that those already convicetd, including Duke Cunningham, Bob Ney, and James Traficant, can keep on receiving their money. You can read what Kirk has to say about it on his blog

The Democrat-sponsored bill, that will be introduced today by Nancy Boyda (D-KS), covers fewer crimes than the Republican bill (the same amount as the Senate amendment), but would stop payments being made to past convicted congresspeople.

Read the whole article from Roll Call here.

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