For the third time since reports of her conflict of interest surfaced, Congresswoman Biggert voted for measures that would expedite construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline, which directly benefits her. Even after voting for a watered down version of the STOCK Act, which would end insider trading by members of Congress, Biggert refuses to sell off her conflict of interest stock in the pipeline or recuse herself from relevant legislation from which she would personally profit.
Bill Foster called on Congresswoman Biggert to clear her conflict of interest more than three months ago after government ethics watchdog groups voiced concern. This week's vote that would boost Congresswoman Biggert's own stock portfolio highlights yet again that Congresswoman Biggert has become part of the problem in Washington.
"It is a conflict of interest, and a breach of public trust, for members of Congress to be buying, selling, or even holding individual stocks that are being influenced by congressional actions," said Bill Foster. "After thirteen years in Washington, it may not seem like a problem to vote to support your own personal interests, but we Illinois families need to be able to trust our leaders in Washington to stand up for us not pad their stock portfolios. Congresswoman Biggert needs to sell her conflict of interest immediately or recuse herself from votes related to this pipeline."