Lawmakers should put people’s interests above their own

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Valley News - Opinion
When we elect lawmakers to public office, we expect them to put the American people’s interests above their own. But that’s not always what happens.In early 2020, before most Americans were familiar with COVID-19, members of Congress were briefed by top public health officials about the threat posed by the virus. In the following days, Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and Richard Burr offloaded millions of dollars worth of stock.Our laws simply don’t do enough to keep our elected representatives from using the private information they receive in the course of their duties for personal profit. Congress must strengthen these laws to prevent insider trading and conflicts of interest.An overwhelming majority of Americans – including nearly 8 out of 10 Republicans – agree t
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