House Democrats ease lobbying reform bill
House Democrats dropped plans to double the "cooling off" period for former lawmakers and staffers.

When they took control of Congress, Democrats vowed to increase the cooling off period from one year to two years. But facing opposition from individual members, party leaders relented.

The Senate version of the lobbying reform bill includes the two-year ban. The differences with the House and will have to be resolved by a joint conference committee.

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House Judiciary Committee Passes Trimmed Version of Lobbying Bill (The Washington Post 5/18)
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Democrats Balk Over Pledge of Tighter Rules on Lobbying (The New York Times 5/18)
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