Rep. Chris Smith

By January 31, 2006General

The BIC had to run to a meeting, so I’ve taken over for him for a while while (lucky you).

Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-2) has joined us. Of course, we asked him about lobbying reform. He noted that, “I’m totally in favor of reigning in lobbying excess….the Abramoff scandal requires regaining the American people’s trust.” There should be a longer timespan between when members leave the House and when they can lobby other members. “We’ve got to stop the revolving door.” Make it four years, perhaps.

We asked him about Rep. Pence’s proposal of scrapping the 1974 Budget Act. “Pence is right. We all like our add ons,” he said.