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Congress Self-Corrects With Insider Trading Bill

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Posted on Mar 23, 2012
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Just in time for election year, the U.S. Senate successfully ushered a bill—the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, cleverly abbreviated as the Stock Act—through to passage, and it now awaits final approval from President Obama. Basically, it’s an ethics measure designed to keep any insider-trading tendencies of Congress members firmly in check.  —KA

Los Angeles Times:

Congress gave final approval to one of the most sweeping ethics overhauls in years, clamping down on insider trading by lawmakers and administration officials in an election year push to improve the public’s low opinion of Washington.

The Senate passed the legislation overwhelmingly Thursday, 96 to 3, sending it to President Obama, who had called for such a measure during his State of the Union address.

Few lawmakers want to stand in the way of ethics reforms at the moment, and the bill was received with gusto in Congress — even though one of its most compelling provisions was stripped by Republicans in the House.

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By ardee, March 24, 2012 at 3:51 am Link to this comment

This has been rejected time and again by our smarmy and amoral lawgivers. Only the current climate and public scrutiny in an election year made this useless bit of fluff gain enough votes to be a sop to the lack of conscience displayed in Congress.

Yet another illustration of why we need third party presence in Congress.

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By Big B, March 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm Link to this comment

Just like an old time Bobby in england, “Stop! Or I will shout stop again”.

The fox has left the henhouse, rubbing his distended belly.

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By Jeff N., March 23, 2012 at 4:08 pm Link to this comment

Whoaaa slow the hell down Congress, can’t keep up with all the bipartisan agreement going on lately.. You guys are good!

From my understanding this legislation is basically a non-factor and will change nothing with insider trading on the hill?

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