Pelosi Warms to Congressional Stock Trading Ban

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    The Facts

    • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) shifted her public position on banning lawmakers and their spouses from owning or trading stocks on Wednesday.

    • She said she's "a big believer in our committees" and that a number of Democrats were working on proposals to amend the 2012 STOCK Act.

    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    Members of Congress have great power to shift stock prices, and massive financial incentives to do so. Allowing lawmakers to trade on these stocks is out-dated and must be outlawed for this conflict of interest to stop.

    Democratic narrative

    Not only is Pelosi flip-flopping on something she's long opposed, she's using an already popular initiative to try and get a win for the Democrats ahead of the upcoming midterms.

    Cynical narrative

    In Pelosi's aims to expand the legislation to the judiciary and other branches of government, she is cynically attempting to create a behemoth of the issue so that it remains in discussion stage and never gets tackled.

    Political split



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