In America these days, there’s quite a lot of talk about bipartisanship. The idea here is that our elected officials need to work together and put differences aside in order to facilitate the betterment of the United States.
Unfortunately, over the years, bipartisanship has become rarer. Instead, there are more elected officials squabbling with one another on social media and otherwise working to “own” the other side, rather than actually getting things done.
However, in a somewhat surprising turn of events, it appears that bipartisanship isn’t dead after all. As documented by Washington Examiner, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Matt Gaetz have joined forces in order to get new legislation passed.
Both Ocasio-Cortez and Gaetz are united on a bill that would prohibit members of Congress from stock trading and otherwise investing financially in the stock market. Likewise, the dependants and spouses of elected congressmembers would be barred from the aforementioned activities as well.
Both Ocasio-Cortez and Gaetz also share the view that congressional insider stock trading is hurting public trust in lawmakers.
JUST IN: US Representatives Matt Gaetz & AOC introduce a bipartisan bill to ban Congress members from trading and owning stocks.
Do you support this? pic.twitter.com/LzGLRIGSaH
— shaneyyricch (@shaneyyricch) May 2, 2023
The issue of stock trading by members of Congress has come up before, with both Republicans and Democrats taking heat over this. Whether or not the legislation backed by Ocasio-Cortez and Gaetz passes into law now remains to be seen.
Many Americans were surprised to hear that two members of Congress who are so different from one another on many policy issues were able to come together for this one.
For years, Pelosi and other members of Congress, have been making money insider trading. But here’s something you don’t hear every day— AOC & Matt Gaetz are teaming up to stop it. pic.twitter.com/7TAw6MmioB
— Jesse Watters (@JesseBWatters) May 3, 2023
However, there are also concerns that other congressional lawmakers are going to have a vested interest in making sure this bill doesn’t gain traction.
After all, a very real incentive exists for certain members of Congress to hold onto the perks of using their position to trade individual stocks.
Americans will have to stay tuned to see what comes next.This article appeared in New Vision News and has been published here with permission.