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Sen. Brown backing tougher federal pension bill

July 11, 2011

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BOSTON—Sen. Scott Brown is pushing legislation that would strip members of Congress of their federal pensions if they're convicted of corruption charges even after they've left Capitol Hill.

The Massachusetts Republican said he's backing the bipartisan bill because he believes those who betray the public trust aren't entitled to a publicly funded retirement.

The bill, known as the Congressional Integrity and Pension Forfeiture Act by supporters, would add 20 new corruption offenses that could be used to deny pensions, including bribery of public officials, making false claims to a government agency and offering expenditures to influence voting.

The bill's supporters say former Republican Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland and Democratic Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-uh-vich) are still eligible for pensions they earned as members of Congress despite later being convicted on corruption charges.