U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Vote to Enact Senate-Passed STOCK Act, Which Includes
Provisions to Close Serious Loopholes in Laws to Prevent
Last week reform groups supported the STOCK Act in the Senate, which passed by an
overwhelming bipartisan vote of 96 to 3. A companion bipartisan bill in the House, H.R. 1148,
currently is sponsored by 281 Representatives.
In a separate letter sent today to the House, reform groups strongly urge the House to vote on and
pass the Senate-passed bill and send it immediately to President Obama for his signature.
President Obama has made clear he will sign the STOCK Act as soon as it reaches him.
In the event the House Republican leadership is not willing to schedule the Senate-passed bill for
a vote, we strongly support the bipartisan House version of the STOCK Act, H.R. 1148,
sponsored by Reps. Timothy Walz (D-MN) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and co-sponsored by
279 House members, or nearly two-thirds of the House. Absent the ability to vote on the Senate
passed bill, is essential for the House Republican leadership to provide the opportunity for a
House floor vote on H.R. 1148, which is sponsored by nearly two-thirds of House Members.
The organizations include the Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, Citizens for
Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Democracy 21, the League of Women Voters, OMB
Watch, Public Citizen, Project on Government Oversight, the Sunlight Foundation, and U.S.
Our organizations also strongly support adding as an amendment to the STOCK Act, the
bipartisan "Clean Up Government Act," H.R. 2572, sponsored by Representatives James
Sensenbrenner (R-IL) and Mike Quigley D-IL). This legislation was reported out unanimously
by the House Judiciary Committee.
Companion legislation to H.R. 2572, known in the Senate as the "Public Corruption Prosecution
Improvements Act," was added to the STOCK Act legislation passed by the Senate last week.
Unlike most bills introduced and considered in this Congress, and like the STOCK Act, the
"Clean Up Government Act" in the House and the companion "Public Corruption Prosecution
Improvements Act" in the Senate is bipartisan, bicameral legislation. The principal sponsors of
the Senate legislation are Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and John Cornyn (R-TX).
This legislation is essential to close serious loopholes in the nation's anti-corruption laws that
have made it far more difficult to investigate and prosecute corruption by public officials. The
legislation fixes the federal gratuities statute and the honest services fraud statute to restore their
ability to be used as effective laws to prevent corruption by public officials.
At a time when public confidence in Congress is being measured at all time lows, it is critically
important that effective laws exist to hold government officials accountable who engage in selfdealing,
abuse of public office for personal financial gain or similar kinds of public corruption.
The absence of effective laws to deal with these kinds of problems both weakens the ability of
the laws to serve as an effective deterrent to corruption and undermines the confidence of
citizens in the integrity of their elected representatives.
Our groups strongly urge you to vote for the Senate passed bill if the opportunity to do so is
provided and to otherwise vote for the Sensenbrenner-Quigley bill as an amendment to the
House STOCK Act and for the House STOCK Act .
Campaign Legal Center
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
League of Women Voters
Project on Government Oversight