Alcee Hastings, Dennis Ross Co-Sponsor Bill to Curb Insider Trading in Congress

Reps. Alcee Hastings and Dennis Ross -- two names you don't see together every day -- are co-sponsoring legislation to regulate insider trading by members of Congress.

Hastings, D-Miramar, and Ross, R-Lakeland, are among the most liberal and conservative members of the House, and rarely vote on the same side. But the odd couple joined 54 other members in supporting HR 1148, the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act introduced by Rep. Timothy Walz, D-Minn.

Walz's bill had fewer than a dozen co-sponsors last week, but a "60 Minutes" report on Sunday quickly raised the profile of the insider-trading issue in Congress.

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Gordon Wayne Watts
3:38PM DEC 23RD 2011
Rep. Ross is not as conservative as you might think (you can Google my name and see some of my front page news, taking aim at him in this regard, where he doesn't care that students are obscenely over-taxed in tuition charges & fees), but all the same, I do appreciate both Rep. Ross and Rep. Hastings, political opposites, teaming up and co-sponsoring this apparently good piece of legislation.

Since I said something "negative" about Dennis Ross, my US Representatives, it is only "right" that I say something (else) "positive" to show the spirit of gratitude and peace:

When Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot while on duty, meeting with constituents, Rep. Dennis Ross, of the opposite political party, not only wished her well, but he also did not say anything derogatory when she voted in favour of raising the debt limit.

Rep. Ross, while he disagrees with Pres. Obama on key areas, is respectful and professional.

So, in spite of my political differences with the "less than conservative" Ross, I appreciate his professional manners and respect for others -- and I wish him (and all others) a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy holidays in general, no matter your religion, or lack thereof.

: - )

Gordon Wayne Watts
Constituent and voter in Florida's 12th US House District
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