US Senator Scott Brown took advantage of a brief moment with President Obama after the State of the Union speech Tuesday night to press him to push for action on Brown’s bill to stop members of Congress and their staffs from insider trading.
“My insider trading bill is on [Senate majority leader Harry Reid’s] desk right now. Tell him to get it out,” Brown said as the president was shaking hands and making his way out of the House chamber after the address.
“I’m going to tell him to get it done. How’s your daughter?” Obama said.
“Good. How are your daughters?” Brown said in an exchange captured on camera.
“Good. They’re doing great,” Obama said.
Brown’s STOCK Act was introduced in November but is awaiting action from Reid, Brown’s office said this morning, as it distributed a video of the moment.
Obama had said in his speech, “Send me a bill that bans insider trading by members of Congress, and I will sign it tomorrow. Let’s limit any elected official from owning stocks in industries they impact.”
This story first ran in the Boston Globe on January 25, 2012.
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