Facing questions about Exxon sale, Welch backs congressional stock ban

“It’s extremely important to realize that anything that takes away from the public’s confidence in their elected officials damages our democracy overall, one bit at a time, and voters have a right to know that their public officials are looking out for the public interest and not their own personal interests,” Payne said. “When you have these situations where questions arise … that diminishes public confidence, whether or not the member actually did anything wrong.”

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