Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME) along with 26 additional members of Congress are urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to bring bills to the floor that would make it illegal for members of Congress to trade individual stocks while in office —this would apply to their senior staffers and their spouses, as well.

“This common-sense, bipartisan legislation is unfortunately necessary in light of recent misconduct, and is supported by Americans across the political spectrum,” reads a letter sent Monday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy drafted by Golden.

“Both of you have recently addressed this issue in public comments, but this glaring problem will not go away until it is fixed and Congress should not delay when we have the power to fix it,” the letter continues.

“There is no reason that members of Congress need to be allowed to trade stocks when we should be focused on doing our jobs and serving our constituents.”

“Perhaps this means some of our colleagues will miss out on lucrative investment opportunities. We don’t care. We came to Congress to serve our country, not turn a quick buck.”

The Ban Conflicted Trading Act and the TRUST in Congress Act would prevent members of congress, family members, and senior staffers from trading while in office.

Nancy Pelosi has historically been suspiciously fortunate when it comes to winning big in the stock market. 

“It’s time to stop turning a blind eye to Washington profiteering,” Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), said earlier this month. “Year after year, politicians somehow manage to outperform the market, buying and selling millions in stocks of companies they’re supposed to be regulating. Wall Street and Big Tech work hand-in-hand with elected officials to enrich each other at the expense of the country.”

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