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H.R. 6401 (116th): Ban Conflicted Trading Act

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Should members of Congress be prevented from making financial purchases that virtually every other American is allowed to make?


Reports have emerged of lawmakers potentially information from classified briefings about the covid-19 coronavirus to affect millions of dollars’ worth of stock trades.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) sold up to $1.7 million of stocks in mid-February, after receiving classified briefings about the virus. Burr claims that he only relied on public information in making the financial decisions, though the Justice Department has opened a probe to investigate.

Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) also sold up to $18.7 million worth of stocks starting on January 24, the same day that the Senate Health Committee on which she served held a closed-door briefing about the virus.

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Raja Krishnamoorthi

Sponsor. Representative for Illinois's 8th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 26, 2020
Length: 5 pages
Mar 26, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 26, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


9 Cosponsors (9 Democrats)



Mar 26, 2020

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H.R. 6401 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 6401. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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