Republican Sen. Scott Brown backed up his claim of bipartisanship last week by helping push through a piece of legislation that President Obama had identified as one of his priorities.
Known as the STOCK (Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge) Act, the bill was introduced by Brown in November. It appeared to be stalled, however, until a chance encounter between Brown and Obama following the Jan. 21 State of the Union speech in which the junior Massachusetts senator urged the president to get fellow Democrat Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, to bring the bill to the floor.
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This story first ran in the Newburyport News on February 6, 2012.