Letter to the Editor: Support for ETHICS Act urged

Published 9:29 am Wednesday, April 17, 2024

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To the Editor:

In order for our government to function, voters need to trust that lawmakers have their best interests at heart. These days, we all know the trust just isn’t there. One major reason is that we continue to let members of Congress trade stocks while in office – with little oversight and accountability. It’s a stampede of greed and deceit that marks our political system today. You can get full details on stock trading for each member of congress here – https://unusualwhales.com/politics/article/congress-trading-report-2023.

Passing legislation to address this serious conflict of interest is exactly what we need to restore confidence in our government. The good news is we now have an opportunity to get this done. The Ending Trading and Holdings in Congressional Stocks (ETHICS) Act would prohibit members of Congress, their spouses, and dependent children from trading stocks. It’s time to make it law.

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An overwhelming majority of Americans support a ban on congressional stock trading. Recent polling shows 86% of voters support such a law, including 88% of Democrats and 87% of Republicans. Passing it is a no-brainer and would be a first step toward restoring trust in government. That’s why voters across the political spectrum are rallying behind the push for a congressional stock trading ban.

Let’s end these conflicts of interest once and for all. Contact your Senators and Representatives and ask them to support ETHICS ACT legislation banning congressional stock trading.

Geof Fountain
Kill Devil Hills, NC