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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

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.

Priorities

  • 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.

Accomplishments

Congresswoman Slaughter Introduces Her Bill, The Supreme Court Ethics Act

  • 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.

More on Ethics and Accountability

January 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Hours into the fifth Republican government shutdown in under 30 years and the first one in modern history when one party holds the House, Senate and White House, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) took to the House Floor and told the Majority to do their job and open the government. 

January 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — On the House Floor today, Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) denounced Republican Congressional leaders for failing to take action on urgent national priorities as the House considers its fourth short-term spending deal since the end of the prior fiscal year in September.

January 16, 2018 Louise Line

This year might have just come to a close, but there are many key issues on our national agenda that are gaining steam as we head into the New Year. Everything from immigration and children’s health insurance to proposed cuts to the social safety net are all on the docket for 2018.

January 16, 2018 Louise Line

Washington conservatives, who control the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives, have narrowly avoided a government shutdown– for now. At the last possible minute, they crafted a short term solution—a band aid—that kicks the can down the road again and leaves critical initiatives that families across the country depend on in the lurch.

December 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Louise Slaughter (D-NY25) and John Faso (R-NY19) today introduced legislation to rename the post office at 111 Market St, Saugerties, New York after former U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey.

December 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) took to the House Floor today to call out Republican leaders in Congress for proposing a two-week continuing resolution that fails to address our nation’s urgent priorities. It has been two months since Congressional Republicans allowed the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Community Health Centers, and the Perkins student loan program to expire with no reauthorizations on the horizon.

November 15, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — During a House Committee on Rules meeting late last night on the Republican bill to provide tax cuts for the wealthy, committee Republicans voted against making several amendments in order under their closed rule, including a Republican amendment to fight sexual assault. That amendment, from Republican committee member Congressman Ken Buck, would eliminate business expensing for legal settlements, fines, fees, and legal expenses associated with sexual assault and sexual harassment.

November 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (NY-25) issued the following statement after House Republican leaders broke the record for closed rules, making this session of the 115th Congress the most closed session in history. There have now been 49 closed rules this year, which block all amendments.

October 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) today released the following statement in reaction to the House Ethics Committee’s statement following the Office of Congressional Ethics’ investigation into Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27). Earlier this year, Slaughter asked the Securities and Exchange Commission, the acting U.S.

July 13, 2017 Louise Line

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.