US - The House has unanimously approved a bill that would prevent convicted lawmakers claiming pensions, with a vote of 431 to zero.
While the bill would not allow pensions to be stripped retroactively, any lawmaker convicted of crimes like bribery, fraud, perjury would no longer be able to claim their Congressional pensions. Up until now, the only reason pensions could be withheld was in instances of treason or other espionage offences.
The measure will now go to a committee to work out any issues.
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