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.
- Presidential Accountability: No one should be above the law, especially the President of the United States. The congresswoman supports efforts to make sure that the White House is held to the standards that the American people expect and deserve.
- 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 industry. 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.
- 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 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. To achieve this, the congresswoman introduced the Supreme Court Ethics Act, which would require the Court to adopt the ethical standards imposed on all other federal judges.
- Presidential Accountability: Congresswoman Slaughter has cosponsored a number of pieces of legislation that would strengthen the ethical rules that apply to the president. These include: the Presidential Tax Transparency Act, which would require the president to disclosure their tax returns; the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act, which would bring the president and vice president under federal conflict of interest laws; and the Federal Executive Accountability Act, which would create an inspector general to oversee the Executive Office of the President.
- 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.
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I’ve said from the beginning that the STOCK Act, the law that I wrote to crack down on insider trading by federal officials, would be an important tool in stopping corruption in government and increasing transparency in the halls of Congress.
This month, Public Citizen, a non-profit, non-partisan public advocacy group, helped prove that point.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today joined nearly 200 colleagues in the House and Senate in an unprecedented effort to compel President Trump to comply with the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution. These Members of Congress have filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against President Trump for his ongoing failure to obtain the consent of Congress before accepting payments, benefits, or gifts from foreign states.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) issued the following statement in reaction to former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier today:
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, the House Committee on Ethics, and the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate the major stock trading scandal among House Republicans uncovered in an explosive new report today.
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Representatives Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) and John J. Duncan (R-TN) introduced the bipartisan Political Intelligence Transparency Act. The bill would bring long-overdue transparency to the political intelligence industry, which generates $400 million in annual profits by gleaning information from the halls of government and selling it to Wall Street to inform investment decisions.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25), author of the STOCK Act, one of the most important ethics bills in a generation, today released this statement in reaction to an investigation finding that 40 Republican members of the House recently voted for the health care repeal bill while owning as much as $39 million in health care sector stock.
This administration’s ties to Russia are troubling, to say the least. Let’s review the facts.
President Trump has fired not one, not two, but three high-profile, highly-respected individuals investigating his campaign and administration’s connections to Russia. Acting Attorney Sally Yates, FBI Director James Comey, and U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara were each reportedly investigating the president’s administration before being fired in what I believe is a gross obstruction of justice.
WASHINGTON, DC — Amid accelerating revelations of President Trump’s attempts to shut down the FBI’s investigation of his campaign and administration’s ties to Russia, Rep. Slaughter today signed a discharge petition to force the House to vote on bipartisan legislation establishing an independent, outside commission to investigate the Trump-Russia connection and possible collusion in the presidential election. Recent polling shows 78 percent of Americans want an independent investigation.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) announced today that she will be introducing legislation to strengthen the STOCK Act and close ethics loopholes, which have been taken advantage of by members of Congress to purchase exclusive stock deals not available to the general public and take part in initial public offerings (IPOs) outside the United States.
Today marks the 100th day of the Trump Administration. I believe it’s been a troubling start for our president.
Like the thousands of you who have reached out with concerns in the last 100 days, I have also been troubled by the White House’s inability to make progress on the issues facing our nation, including repairing our crumbling infrastructure and addressing the skyrocketing cost of education.