We all have free speech to express our political opinions.
However, some can legally bribe those in power.
A Senate bill passed yesterday doesn’t change this. Senators and Reps can still accept meals and trips from private individuals.
Lobbyists are technically banned from giving meals and trips.
However, a lobbyist can take a Congressman to dinner and then have the someone from the lobbying company who isn’t a registered lobbyist pay.
Members of Congress could still use corporate jets for the price of a first-class ticket and accept free lodging, travel and meals from non-lobbyists.
« What the Bill Should Have Said »
A real reform bill would have said:
Senators cannot ride in corporate jets.
No one is allowed to buy a meal for a Senator. No one is allowed to pay for a plane ticket and/or a hotel room for a Senator.
Senators and their staff shall pay for all of their own meals and travel, or let the taxpayers pay.