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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Louise Line: Keeping Your Government Transparent

April 4, 2017
Louise Line
April 4, 2017

As Americans, one of our most deeply held beliefs is that everyone should play by the rules. In particular, we expect our representatives and other public servants to govern to the highest standards. That’s why I’ve made it my mission to ensure that lawmakers are held to the same principles as the people they serve.

This week marks the fifth anniversary of my bill, the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, being signed into law. This legislation prohibits the use of non-public information for private profit, specifically targeting insider trading by members of Congress, their staff, and other government employees. To build on this progress, I recently introduced the Political Intelligence Transparency Act that will bring transparency and accountability to the political intelligence industry, which is estimated to generate several hundred million in annual profits through the sale of information gleaned from government to Wall Street.

Since Donald Trump was sworn into office, reports have continued to flood in about his business interests interfering with his role as president. Equally concerning are the conflicts of interest with many members of his Cabinet. With a government now controlled by billionaires, bankers, and corporate CEOs, it is more important than ever that we ensure that the president and his top officials are governing with the best interests of the American people in mind.

Simply put, anyone who serves as a representative of the American people should be held to the same standards of behavior as the people they serve. I will keep fighting to remove the stranglehold of money and conflicts of interest on our political system.