On January 17, 2006, Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) of the US House of Representatives introduced a proposal which would have restricted the gifts members of Congress could receive from lobbyists. The ethics reform plan was in response to the ethics scandal involving lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Congressman Tom DeLay (R-TX). The legislative package included the banning of privately sponsored travel, a virtual ban on gifts, including meals, tickets to sporting events and related travel, and the elimination of pensions of members of Congress convicted of a felony related to official duties.
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