What a privilege it was for me to represent the League by joining President Obama, Vice President Biden, other good government group leaders, and Members of Congress for the signing of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act into law!
Although the final bill did not include all the provisions the League and others had originally sought, this is an important law in terms of increasing both governmental ethics and transparency. What struck me as equally important and gratifying was the degree of bipartisanship involved. We saw this in the bipartisan support that resulted in passage of the Act itself. And I observed this is in the conversations and interactions between the seven congressmen and one senator from both parties while we waited in the White House “holding room” prior to the signing ceremony. A bipartisan civility dream! If only it would last.