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Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. BROWN of Massachusetts. Madam President, today, we put America first and we passed a bipartisan and now bicameral bill the President will sign, and we took a step to ending the deficit of trust hurting our democracy. I wish to thank Senator Gillibrand and the leadership of Senator Collins and Senator Lieberman for marking this up so quickly. Today is a good day.

The STOCK Act will affirm that Members of Congress are not above the law and will increase transparency by requiring Members of Congress and highly compensated Federal employees to disclose all their trading activity within 45 days. Today, America is a government by the people and for the people, and that means our elected officials must follow the same laws as everybody. We have taken a step toward reestablishing trust, and today we are one step closer to making every seat the people's seat.

I encourage everybody to support this passage.

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