Yet as Firedoglake’s David Dayen notes, there was legislation introduced earlier this year that would ban Congress from engaging in this version of insider trading. It only has five co-sponsors:
The simple fix would be to force every member of Congress to put their holdings into blind trusts. But the most difficult thing to pass through Congress is rules that the institution would impose on its own members. Indeed, the STOCK Act, the vehicle that would ban insider trading by members of Congress, has a paltry 5 co-sponsors.
Americans do not have to put up with a political system where a member of Congress like Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) can attend a private economic crisis meeting and then promptly bet on stocks tanking. Contact your member of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor the STOCK Act and end this practice once and for all.