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‘Conflicts of interest’

Warnock is part of a bipartisan cohort fighting against insider trading by members of Congress, their families and their staff.

Public scrutiny of congressional stock trading has intensified in recent years, with politicians being accused of using their connections and insider information to score winning deals.

“It’s about conflicts of interest. It’s about transparency,” Warnock told CNBC. “It’s about making sure that the people who send us here to represent them can be assured that we are representing them, that we’re thinking about them, that we’re centering their interests, as we make important decisions about a whole range of issues.”

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Persuading Washington

Despite bipartisan support from a small group of politicians, multiple bills proposing to ban congressional stock trading have failed to move the needle in Washington.

Warnock is more likely to see success in his campaign against junk fees and their harmful effect on Americans’ wallets and the U.S. economy — an issue that has the full attention of the Oval Office.

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Bethan Moorcraft is a reporter for Moneywise with experience in news editing and business reporting across international markets.

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