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Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. BROWN of Massachusetts. Mr. President, I have enjoyed the back and forth between the chairman and the Senator from Oklahoma. The Senator from Oklahoma has raised some very valid points, points that we actually had discussed in committee.

I originally asked for a 90-day reporting period, and it was changed out of committee to the 30-day period. Obviously, I am happy to work with the Senator from Oklahoma and the chairman and the ranking member to determine if, in fact, there is some guidance necessary to Ethics; and, sure, I am happy to do it. This needs to not only be done in the proper manner but, obviously, to be implemented in a way that everybody can comply and not be caught short in that type of situation.

So I am looking forward--in speaking to the chairman--that we will certainly take those valid points into consideration, any guidance we need to put in for the record, or letters of guidance to Ethics as to what our legislative intent is. I am happy to do that and look forward to continuing that dialog.

I yield the floor.


Mr. BROWN of Massachusetts. Mr. President, I appreciate the Senator's reference to the post office, and the postal issue is something Senators Collins, Lieberman, Carper, and I have been working on probably about 300 or 400 hours at this point. So I look forward to his involvement as well.

At this point, getting back to the business at hand dealing with the STOCK Act, I ask that Senator Paul be recognized. I believe he has three amendments that he would like to offer.

I yield the floor.


Mr. BROWN of Massachusetts. Mr. President, first, I commend the Senator from Alaska for his efforts during the committee process. He offered some good amendments that we ultimately took up and accepted. We look forward to his continued involvement in the process.

As we have said, we need to make sure that all of the amendments are relevant. We hope he will join with us and get some of his colleagues to focus on the very important issues we are trying to work on and not get sidetracked.

That being said, I congratulate him and look forward to working with him.

I yield the floor.


Mr. BROWN of Massachusetts. Mr. President, I commend the Senator from Minnesota for coming down. I appreciate her comments, her hard work on this issue, and thank her for her efforts.

Once again I reiterate to folks who may be listening, we are gathering amendments. I believe they are stacking up. Some are very relevant. Some have pieces of relevancy. What we have been trying to do is take the best of each one and try to formulate a plan to move forward and try to get some votes, obviously today and tomorrow, and get this done as quickly as possible and get it over to the House.

I once again reiterate my request to have all amendments be relevant to the issue at hand. Like Senator Lieberman--I am not going to quote Dr. Seuss as he did, but I want to be sure we have a bill that has a chance not to get bogged down but to pass expeditiously.

To let folks know in the gallery and also those watching on television, there have been some very good amendments, good ideas. Some, actually, we may end up combining. There are amendments coming up in the days ahead that we have not had a chance even to look at because the amendments are coming in fast and furiously. We have not had a chance to get out and try to comment as to what we are doing with this amendment or that amendment. There are good points in virtually every amendment. We need to be sure we get the best and strongest bill we possibly can. I want to add that.

I do not see Senator McCaskill here.

I yield the floor.


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