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Maloney and Jayapal Introduce Bill to Revoke Benefits for Former Presidents Convicted of a Felony

Feb 24, 2021
Press Release

Maloney and Jayapal Introduce Bill to Revoke Benefits for Former Presidents Convicted of a Felony

Washington, D.C. – Today, Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) introduced the Restoring and Enforcing Accountability of Presidents (REAP) Act, a bill requiring the forfeiture of benefits for any former President convicted of a felony.

“Breaking the law has consequences – no matter how powerful you are, or were. Presidents who are convicted of a felony should not receive taxpayer-funded benefits. It’s that simple,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “The fact that this bill is now necessary in America brings me no joy, but we must demand accountability from those who have held our nation’s highest office.”

“No person is above the law — not even a former president. While Congress must refuse to let Donald Trump off the hook for inciting a deadly insurrection and for committing countless other crimes during his lawless presidency, we must also ensure that no president who is convicted of a felony receives taxpayer-funded benefits,” said Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. “The REAP Act is an important step towards finally securing full accountability and justice in this country.”

Under the Former President Act of 1958, United States Presidents are granted a lifetime pension at the rate of a current Cabinet Secretary, a budget for staff personnel, and office space leased and furnished by taxpayer dollars. The Restoring and Enforcing Accountability of Presidents (REAP) Act would hold Presidents accountable by revoking benefits (excluding lifetime Secret Service protection) for Presidents convicted of felonies during or after office. This bill would also close loopholes in the Former Presidents Act that could allow an impeached and convicted President to still receive benefits, even if the conviction took place after they left office.

 

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