Ethics and Accountability
Congresswoman Slaughter strongly believes that elected officials and other public servants should be held to the highest standards. For years, Congresswoman Slaughter has taken on the institutions of power that have rigged the system against the average American. Anyone who serves as a representative of the American people should be held accountable to the same standards of behavior as the citizens they serve. Whether she's opposing Wall Street tycoons who crashed the economy, corporations that cheat their way out of paying taxes, or members of Congress who behave unethically, the congresswoman consistently stands up for what is right.
- Political Intelligence Transparency: Political intelligence is a $400 million a year industry in which information gleaned from the halls of government is sold to Wall Street to inform investment decisions. Congresswoman Slaughter is working hard to pass disclosure and transparency requirements for the political intelligence community. She believes that constituents didn't send members of Congress to Washington to fill the pockets of hedge fund managers. If there was ever a case to show that Wall Street and Capitol Hill have become too cozy, this is it. The political intelligence industry is in desperate need of transparency and should register disclosure filings just as the lobbying industry does.
- Supreme Court Ethics: Many Americans are surprised to learn that, unlike all other federal judges, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are not bound by a code of ethics. Justices participating in political events and failing to disclose potential conflicts of interest have undermined public confidence in the institution. The congresswoman believes that the Supreme Court should adopt its own code of ethics, which would go a long way to restore trust in the justices’ impartiality. You can read more about this important issue in an article written by Louise in the Stanford Law and Policy Review here.
- Campaign Finance Reform: The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission overturned a century of legal precedent by holding that unlimited corporate spending in elections was protected by the First Amendment. The court’s ruling unleashed a torrent of previously restricted spending by corporations to influence political campaigns. Corporations should not have free range to determine elections due to the size of their coffers and fundraising capabilities. Congresswoman Slaughter wants to give the power back to the people and change how campaigns are funded.
- Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act: Congresswoman Slaughter first introduced the STOCK Act in 2006 and was instrumental in getting the legislation passed and signed into law on April 4, 2012. The bill prohibits the use of non-public information for private profit, specifically targeting insider trading by members of Congress, their staff, and other government employees.
- Political Intelligence Transparency Act: The congresswoman first introduced the Political Intelligence Transparency Act in 2014. The legislation would amend the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 to require the disclosure of political intelligence activities. The bill would also add political intelligence to the same “revolving door” restrictions that apply to former federal officials.
- Supreme Court Ethics Act: Congresswoman Slaughter continues to fight to have the Supreme Court follow all five canons of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges adopted by the Judicial Conference of the United States. To achieve this, Congresswoman Slaughter, along with 31 members of Congress, urged Chief Justice John Roberts to voluntarily adopt the Code of Conduct. The congresswoman also introduced the Supreme Court Ethics Act, which would require the Court to adopt the ethical standards imposed on all other federal judges.
- Government by the People Act: To combat influential corporate spending, Congresswoman Slaughter was an original co-sponsor of the Government by the People Act of 2014. This legislation aims to shift political power from wealthy corporations to average citizens by increasing the strength of low dollar donations through matching public funds and encourages participation in the electoral system through a refundable tax credit.
More on Ethics and Accountability
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget request. This outline proposes a $54 billion increase in defense spending paid for with drastic cuts to nondefense programs the American people rely on, impacting everything from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Army Corps of Engineers to the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department. A full budget is expected to be released in May.
WASHINGTON, DC —Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (NY-25) issued the following statement in reaction to Republican Representative Jim Jordan’s (R-OH) request for an open rule for the Republican health care bill.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to news reports that then-Senator Jeff Sessions lied under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing for attorney general about meetings with Russian officials:
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s address to Congress tonight. Rochester resident Jonathan Siegel attended the president’s address as her guest to highlight how health care reform has expanded and improved health care for millions of Americans.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today introduced the Weekend Voting Act, legislation that would move Election Day from the first Tuesday in November to the first Saturday and Sunday after the first Friday in November, making it more convenient for voters and increasing turnout. Reps. John Garamendi (CA-03), Eric Swalwell (CA-15), John Larson (CT-01), James Clyburn (SC-06), Paul Tonko (NY-20), Ruben Kihuen (NV-04), and Alcee Hastings (FL-20) joined Slaughter as original cosponsors.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released this statement today in reaction to National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s resignation late last night. Slaughter called on President Trump to fire Flynn after it was revealed he violated the law by holding secret discussions about sanctions with the Russian ambassador before the presidential inauguration. This contradicted General Flynn’s previous denials, and other recent claims made by White House officials, including Vice President Pence.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today called on President Trump to fire National Security Advisor Michael Flynn after it was revealed he violated the law by holding secret discussions about sanctions with the Russian ambassador before the presidential inauguration. This contradicts General Flynn’s previous denials, and other recent claims made by White House officials, including Vice President Pence.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and a bipartisan group members have announced the release of a long-awaited Government Accountability Office (GAO) report into the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of power morcellators and the failure of the reporting system to catch this unsafe device.
WASHINGTON, DC– Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today issued this statement in reaction to President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court:
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump firing Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce his unconstitutional executive order banning travel from Muslim countries and suspending the refugee program:
“This is very reminiscent of President Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre. The president’s decision to fire Acting Attorney General Sally Yates is a blatant politicization of the agency charged with upholding our constitution. This is another troubling day for our country.”