Support Katherine Clark's Bill H.R. 6340 Presidential Accountability Act
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On Nov. 17, 2016, Massachusetts Representative Katherine Clark introduced to the House the H.R. 6340 Presidential Accountability Act as a call to action against potential financial conflicts of interest of the President of the United States. This bill is in the early stages of the legislative process. It needs the support and co-sponsorship of your state's representatives to make it through the House and to the Senate.
Please sign this petition to show your support of this bill and to urge your local Representative to support this bill.
Clark's press release states, "Current law prohibits federal office holders from engaging in government business when they stand to gain profit. The President and Vice President are currently exempt from this statute."
Clark’s Presidential Accountability Act removes this exemption and requires the President and Vice President to place their assets in a certified blind trust or disclose to the Office of Government Ethics and the public when they make a decision that affects their personal finances.
This issue has been elevated to greater importance as concerns of conflicts of interest have surfaced in the first week of the President-elect’s transition period.
From the Trump Organization’s federal contract to operate the President-elect’s hotel in the Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington, D.C. to the scale of his debt to foreign banks, the President-elect’s business interests present an unprecedented level of conflict.
Trump has also appointed his children to serve in leadership positions on both the President-elect’s transition team and his businesses.
Clark’s Presidential Accountability Act prohibits the President from engaging in government responsibilities from which they or their families can benefit financially. http://katherineclark.house.gov/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=FE5B2F16-7591-41DC-9846-25FEA4D1CFA1
This petition is directed to Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan; House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Bob Goodlatte; and Director of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub, Jr.
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