Unfortunately for Missouri, two of the eight "no" votes were cast by representatives from the Show-Me State, Democrats Lacy Clay and Emanuel Cleaver.
The rest of the Missouri delegation, including Seventh District Congressman Roy Blunt, R-Strafford, and Fourth District Congressman Ike Skelton, D-Lexington, voted for the bill.
The bill calls for the following:
• Senators must disclose special spending projects called "earmarks" two days before a vote and must certify that they or their family members do not have a financial interest in the project. (The House adopted similar rules in January.)
• Lawmakers and their staff may not accept gifts from lobbyists and their clients (The House adopted a gift ban in January.)
• Senators, Senate candidates and presidential candidates must pay charter rates when traveling on private planes. House members and candidates may not accept travel on private planes.
• Lawmakers convicted of bribery, perjury or similar crimes lose their retirement benefits.
ª Senators must wait two years before lobbying Congress after leaving office. House members and senior congressional staff members must wait one year.
• Lawmakers may not attend parties in their honor sponsored by lobbyists during national political conventions.
• Lawmakers and their staff may not influence employment decisions in exchange for political access.
• Lawmakers must disclose lobbyists who raise at least $15,000 for them within six months by “bundling” campaign donations from several contributors.
• Lobbyists must file reports twice as often each year, and for the first time must file them to a publicly searchable database.
SOURCES: Senate majority leader's office, Associated Press
The Washington Post