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Sen. Kaine applauds Senate proposal to ban stock trading by members of Congress

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Today, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia applauded a bipartisan Senate proposal to ban members of Congress, their spouses and their dependents from buying or selling stocks.

The proposal is based on the Ending Trading and Holdings in Congressional Stocks (ETHICS) Act, legislation Kaine cosponsored and is led by U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia. The legislation would prohibit members of Congress, their spouses and dependent children from owning or trading securities, commodities or futures. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is expected to mark up the updated proposal in the coming weeks.

“Members of Congress are elected to serve their constituents, not themselves. We need to take steps to ensure the American public can be confident that Congress is working for them, and banning stock trading by members of Congress is a commonsense way to achieve that goal,” Kaine said. 

According to the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, before the stock market was shaken by the onset of the global pandemic, dozens of House and Senate members made over a thousand financial transactions after receiving closed-door briefings. In 2022, members of Congress made more than 12,700 individual trades, with dozens of members making above average gains. A 2022 New York Times investigation reported a fifth of all lawmakers trading in companies directly related to their work on a congressional committee. Even in a divided political climate, polling consistently shows that 70 percent of voters support banning members of Congress from holding individual stocks, including majorities of Democratic, Independent and Republicans.

Spanberger, colleagues push for vote on banning congressional stock trading – Augusta Free Press

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca J. Barnabi is the national editor of Augusta Free Press. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington, she began her journalism career at The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. In 2013, she was awarded first place for feature writing in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Awards Program, and was honored by the Virginia School Boards Association’s 2019 Media Honor Roll Program for her coverage of Waynesboro Schools. Her background in newspapers includes writing about features, local government, education and the arts.