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The Stock Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. WALZ of Minnesota. Madam Speaker, last week this House did something that should be common but is getting rarer and rarer. We passed a bipartisan piece of legislation with a vote of 417 2. That was the STOCK Act, the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge bill, making sure that we have the audacity to say Members of Congress should play by the same rules as everyone else, restoring faith in our market. The Senate did the same thing, 96 3.

But I remind you of those famous words from Saturday morning cartoons in ``Schoolhouse Rock,'' I'm just a bill, sitting on Capitol Hill. It's not the law. No conference has been decided yet. The President, while in the State of the Union, from that very perch, said he would sign that bill the very next day, but there's nothing on the horizon bringing it up.

Madam Speaker, I encourage my colleagues, and I encourage all Americans to make sure they hold us accountable. Casting that vote for a bill still keeps it a bill. We need to follow through and make it the law of the land.

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