Below is a letter sent by reform groups today to the Senate, urging Senators to vote for passage of the STOCK Act, the “Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act,” scheduled to be taken up in the Senate next week.

The organizations include: the Campaign Legal Center, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, Democracy 21, Public Citizen, Sunlight Foundation, and U.S. PIRG.

The groups have sent several letters to members of Congress and congressional leadership in support of the STOCK Act, and calling for its swift passage.

According to the letter:

The STOCK Act being submitted to the Senate next week clarifies for the first time that Members of Congress and their staff are subject to the same laws against insider trading that apply to the rest of America.

The full text of the letter follows below.


U.S. Senate                                                                                                      January 27, 2012
Washington, D.C. 20510

Pass the “Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act”

Dear Senator:

Our organizations – Campaign Legal Center, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, Democracy 21, Public Citizen, Sunlight Foundation, U.S. PIRG – strongly support passage of the “Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act” (STOCK Act) designed to prevent congressional insider trading.

We strongly urge you to vote for this important reform legislation when it is brought to the Senate floor next week and to oppose any amendments to weaken the legislation.

The STOCK Act being submitted to the Senate next week clarifies for the first time that Members of Congress and their staff are subject to the same laws against insider trading that apply to the rest of America.

In addition to specifying that it is against the law for Congress to trade on non-public information gleaned through the course of official business, the STOCK Act also creates an important system of real-time transparency of stock trading activity by members and staff. These transparency provisions are an integral and very important part of the legislation.

President Barack Obama has said he will sign the legislation as soon as it gets to his desk.

We urge you to move expeditiously to enact the legislation without any undermining amendments.

Vote ‘YES’ on the STOCK Act.

Sincerely,
Campaign Legal Center
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
Common Cause
Democracy 21
Public Citizen
Sunlight Foundation
U.S. PIRG