U.S. Senators Ossoff & Kelly Introduce Bill Based On Spanberger’s TRUST in Congress Act, Momentum Grows for Congresswoman’s Effort to Prevent Insider Trading by Members of Congress
Both Bills Would Require All Members of Congress — and their Spouses — to Put Certain Investment Assets in a Blind Trust During their Time in Office
Washington, January 13, 2022
Tags: Good Governance
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jon Ossoff (D-GA) and Mark Kelly (D-AZ) last night introduced the Ban Congressional Stock Trading Act, legislation based on U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger’s Transparent Representation Upholding Service and Trust (TRUST) in Congress Act. This now-bicameral effort builds on Spanberger’s longstanding push to prevent insider trading by Members of Congress, their spouses, and their dependent children.
Spanberger’s TRUST in Congress Act would increase transparency and reduce opportunities for insider trading by requiring Members of Congress — as well as their spouses and dependent children — to put certain investment assets into a qualified blind trust during their entire tenure in Congress. By establishing this new firewall between Members and their investments, the TRUST in Congress Act would make sure Members of Congress cannot use their positions in the U.S. House or U.S. Senate to unethically inform investment decisions or influence the value of their existing investments.
“In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw the public react to accusations of insider trading by lawmakers — not with shock, but with a shrug. The perception of insider trading itself, let alone the practice of it, by Members of Congress is damaging to our democracy,” said Spanberger. “The TRUST in Congress Act would help restore trust and make sure the public knows that lawmakers are serving the public — not serving their stock portfolios. Yesterday, I was glad to see Senators Ossoff and Kelly help lead the shared effort to enact good governance reforms within the halls of Congress. And in recent days, I have been encouraged to see the TRUST in Congress Act receive a wide range of support from lawmakers as we build momentum.”
Spanberger reintroduced the TRUST in Congress Act in the U.S. House in January 2021 alongside U.S. Representative Chip Roy (R-TX-21).
In recent days, support for Spanberger’s bipartisan bill has grown — and the legislation is now also cosponsored by lawmakers across the political spectrum — including Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC-AL) and U.S. Representatives Scott Perry (R-PA-10), Mondaire Jones (D-NY-17), Fred Keller (R-PA-12), Bill Foster (D-IL-11), Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA-06), Jim Cooper (D-TN-05), Dean Phillips (D-MN-03), Val Butler Demings (D-FL-10), Barbara Lee (D-CA-13), Michael Cloud (R-TX-27), Karen Bass (D-CA-37), Tom Malinowski (D-NJ-07), Tim Ryan (D-OH-13), Haley Stevens (D-MI-11), Katie Porter (D-CA-45), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01).
The bipartisan TRUST in Congress Act has been endorsed by many key advocacy and government accountability organizations — including the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), National Taxpayers Union, Taxpayers for Common Sense, Public Citizen, Government Information Watch, Protect Democracy, Government Accountability Project, FreedomWorks, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Issue One, Open the Government, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), Campaign Legal Center, Americans for Prosperity, Democracy 21, Fix the Court, End Citizens United Action Fund, and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).
Specifically, Spanberger’s TRUST in Congress Act would: