Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on Monday introduced a bill that would allow senators to serve on the Agriculture Committee if they have completed their four-year term.
Leahy’s bill would allow members of Congress to serve a maximum of six years if they are members of the House of Representatives.
The bill is similar to the one Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D, NY) introduced last year, but Leahy wants to make it easier for members of both parties to be able to serve.
Leahys bill is a bit more restrictive than Gillibrands bill, which allows the president to appoint only one member of the committee to serve for the remainder of a four-term term.
However, the legislation does allow the president, in consultation with the Speaker of the Senate, to appoint a replacement to fill a vacancy on the committee, who would serve until the expiration of the term.
Under Leahys measure, the president would not have to notify the Senate of his decision to appoint the new member to serve until after the last session of Congress.
This legislation has the support of several members of his caucus.
Sen. Tom Carper (D -DE) is a supporter of the Leahy bill and said he was glad that Leahys plan could allow members to serve while not disrupting the Senate’s work.
Carper said he believes senators should be able serve on committees with their families, and he’s glad Leahys idea would allow for them to do that.
Leahies bill would also allow senators, for the first time in modern history, to be paid for their work.
Leahying’s bill, however, doesn’t allow members with more than $1 million in annual income to be eligible to serve in the committee.
Leahier is also looking to increase the amount of information available on senators and the committees they serve on.
Leahiness also wants to limit the amount the committee receives from the federal government.
Currently, the committee can receive $5,000 per year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, $1,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $500 from the Office of Management and Budget, and $150 from the Federal Trade Commission.
Leahiest bill would cut the amount that the committee would receive from the government from $5 million to $1.5 million.
This change would make it possible for senators to provide more oversight on the federal budget, the Senate Finance Committee, and appropriations issues in the Senate.
This is the first bill Leahy has introduced in his four-decade Senate career, and it’s likely he will not get the necessary votes in his chamber to pass his bill.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the legislation.
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