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Congress moves to block Obama’s executive amnesty order

Within days of President Obama’s move to unilaterally implement amnesty for illegal immigrants, Congress has responded by introducing legislation to stop it.  On Friday, June 15, 2012, President Obama and Janet Napolitano, Head of the Department of Homeland Security, announced they will “stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrantswho came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives”.  Secretary Napolitano explained individuals would be required to prove through verifiable documentation they meet the qualifications.  Applicants would have to have come to the U.S. prior to age 16, must not ...

John Campbell explains why he voted against insider trading bill

Rep John Campbell (R-CA) was one of two lone votes against HR 1148 also known as the STOCK Act (Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act).   This insider trading bill had just previously passed the Senate by a 96-3 margin.   When it reached the house, amendments added by the Senate were removed to make it more palatable to house members.  As a result, the bill passed with an overwhelming 417-2 margin. According to Heritage Foundation, the difference between the two bills is the Senate version also addressed other perceived public corruption problems.  The House deleted those provisions by amendment. After analysis, Heritage favors the ...

Ed Royce combats insider trading in Congress

Rep. Royce cosponsored H.R. 3550, the RESTRICT Act , and supported the STOCK Act (H.R. 1148). Both are measures meant to strengthen the laws regarding insider trading by Congressional members, as well as senior officials in the Executive and Judiciary branches of the government. These acts are in response to recent disclosures that Congress, and other government officials were not subject to the same restrictions on stock trading on information that is not public (i.e. insider information). Under the present law, the transgressions of a Martha Stewart warranted jail time but Congress and other government officials were not similarly restricted and it ...