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The Senate is considering legislation (possibly voting on it today) that would ban spouses of senators from lobbying any part of the chamber—unless the spouse was lobbying a year before the senator was elected.



Massie Ritsch, at the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics said, “If there is a problem here, it is that family members can get access to lawmakers that other people don't. And if they exempt the current spouses, then they are making it all the more exclusive. Those family members will seem all the more special.”


At least six Congressional spouses are registered lobbyists and many more have lobby shop connections. Though they submit that there isn’t a conflict of interest, I think it’s pretty interesting when a senator stands up on the floor of the House supporting the position of a client their spouse lobbies.


Maybe I ought to marry a Senator.