On January 18, 2007, the US Senate voted 96-2 to approve the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007. The measure regulated lobbying activities by preventing lawmakers from accepting gifts and travel from lobbyists, requiring stricter reporting of lobbying activity, preventing spouses of lawmakers from lobbying the Senate and extending the period a former senator must wait before undertaking lobbying activities to two years. The legislation was later reconciled with the version passed by the House of Representatives and signed by President George W. Bush.
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