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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Louise Line: Accountability

January 26, 2017
Louise Line
January 26, 2017

I’ve always believed that public servants should put the interests of the country ahead of their own. That’s why I authored the STOCK Act and led the six-year fight to get it signed into law to help ensure that all federal officials uphold the public trust. This law bans insider trading and promotes transparency for elected officials and their staff.

Like so many of you, I’m deeply troubled by the ethical questions surrounding the current administration, beginning with the president’s financial conflicts of interest. His decision to hand management of his businesses over to his sons and associates has been called meaningless by ethics experts and will not prevent him from using his presidency for what I believe is personal gain. I’ve taken action by sponsoring a package of bills to increase ethical accountability in the White House since I do not believe that the president has taken the necessary steps. These bills would bring the president within federal conflict of interest laws, require disclosure of tax returns, and create an independent inspector general to serve as a watchdog over the Executive Office of the President.

While these proposals are needed to close ethics loopholes, the STOCK Act currently covers the president and you can count on me to make sure he follows the law. The STOCK Act has already helped uncover questionable activities by his nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services. I recently sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission calling for a complete investigation to get to the bottom of these questionable stock trades to see if any wrongdoing has been committed.

Bringing accountability to Washington has been one of the most important fights of my career, and I will work harder than ever to ensure that those elected to serve the public uphold the people’s trust!