Sen. Gillibrand's reform agenda: STOCK Act, put more information online and televise Supreme Court proceedings

2012-02-01T18:27:00Z Sen. Gillibrand's reform agenda: STOCK Act, put more information online and televise Supreme Court proceedingsBy Robert Harding Auburn Citizen
February 01, 2012 6:27 pm  • 

As she continues her push to pass the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is building off that effort by calling for more reforms to increase government transparency.

One part of the reform agenda Gillibrand unveiled Tuesday is the STOCK Act. Gillibrand hopes the legislation passes both houses of Congress. It is progressing through the Senate and will be voted on by the full Senate this week. 

Members of Congress would be banned from insider trading if this legislation is approved, and the Securities and Exchange Commission would be allowed to investigate and prosecute members who engage in insider trading.

Gillibrand's reform agenda also calls for reducing the influence of special interests. She supports legislation that would allow Congress to regulate federal election spending, and would give states the power to do the same. 

Making more information available online is also a priority for Gillibrand. She supports legislation that would require federal agencies to publish a list of publicly available records.

Gillibrand is also supporting efforts to broadcast U.S. Supreme Court proceedings. The legislation Gillibrand co-sponsored would require the Court to broadcast open sessions, unless a majority vote is taken because coverage "would violate the due process of any party involved."

"I haven't been in Washington long, but it doesn't take long to know exactly what's wrong with it," Gillibrand said in a news release. "Middle class families deserve to have more faith in their representatives in Washington, and trust that our only interest is what's best for them, not our own interests. It's time to make members of Congress play by the same rules as everyone else, and to give all Americans a chance to make their voices heard rather than drowned out by the special interests that have too much power and influence. To solve the problems we face, and for our economy to thrive, we need to change the way Washington fundamentally works."

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