So far, it is the amendment without a bill. But not for lack of trying.
Named for its primary champion, freshman U.S. House Representative Ernest Istook (R-Okla.), the amendment would further curb lobbying and political advocacy by any group that receives federal grants, including corporations, defense contractors, and nonprofit and tax-exempt groups. So far, the measure has been brought up for inclusion in at least a half-dozen bills in the House of Representatives, to no avail. At press time, the Istook amendment was being considered for inclusion in a bill that would require all professional lobbyists to register with the government and disclose their affiliations.