Some in Congress seek to ban US lawmakers from trading stocks


Capitol Hill has begun to debate whether to ban US lawmakers from trading stocks, but despite some rare bi-partisan unity on the question it is far from settled.

Legislation introduced earlier this month by Democ-ratic senators Jon Ossoff of Georgia and Mark Kelly of Arizona would require members of Congress, their spouses and dependent children to place their investments in a blind trust.

“Members of Congress should not be playing the stock market while we make federal policy and have extraordinary access to confidential information,” Ossoff said. Republicans are also active on the issue, with Sena-tor Josh Hawley of Missouri introducing similar legislation to Ossoff and Kelly’s and House Minor-ity Leader Kevin McCarthy saying he could push for a ban on stock trading .—AP

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