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senate Bill S. 65

Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017

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Title

Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017

Official Title

A bill to address financial conflicts of interest of the President and Vice President.

Summary

Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017 This bill requires the President and Vice President to submit to Congress and the Office of Government Ethics a disclosure of financial interests. Among the contents of such disclosure, the President and Vice President shall: (1) include a detailed description of each financial interest of the President and Vice President, the spouse of the President and Vice President, or a minor child of the President and Vice President; and (2) include the tax returns filed by or on behalf of the President and Vice President for the three most recent taxable years. The President, the Vice President, the spouse of the President or Vice President, and any minor child of the President or Vice President must divest any financial interest posing a potential conflict of interest by transferring such interest to a qualified blind trust. Within a reasonable period of time after such financial interest is transferred to a qualified blind trust, the trustee of such trust shall: (1) sell the financial interest; and (2) use the proceeds from the sale of the financial interest to purchase conflict-free holdings. The Office of Government Ethics shall submit to Congress, the President, and the Vice President an annual report regarding the financial interests of such officials, their spouses, and any of their minor children. The Attorney General, the attorney general of any state, or any person aggrieved by a violation of divestiture requirements posing a potential conflict of interest may seek declaratory or injunctive relief if: (1) the Office of Government Ethics is unable to issue a report indicating whether the President or Vice President is in substantial compliance with such divestiture requirements; or (2) there is probable cause to believe the President or the Vice President has not complied with such requirements. The bill amends the federal criminal code to require the recusal of presidential appointees from decisions affecting the financial holdings of a President or the spouse of a President. Prohibitions pertaining to contracts entered into by Members of Congress are extended to contracts by the President or Vice President. The bill amends the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to require the disclosure of tax returns by the incumbent President and presidential nominees of a major political party for the three most recent taxable years. The bill declares the sense of Congress that a violation of divestiture requirements of this bill or the Ethics in Government in Government Act of 1978 by the President or the Vice President would constitute a high crime or misdemeanor.

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      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 9th, 2017
    Senators, Please cosponsor -if you haven't already-S 65 - presidential conflicts of interest act. Please pressure fellow senators on the homeland security committee. Donald Trump's conflicts of interest are so HUGE it's ridiculous! This is America not Trumplandia! Please do everything you can to deny, delay, resist the Trump regimes crazy.
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    It seems clear that the President is using his office for his own economic gain. This bill is obviously needed!
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    Manufactured greed has no place in our most honored and highest office in thw land.
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    Yes, in favor of this especially in light of our current President.
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    I support S.65 and it's companion bill HR 371, introduced to require the president and VP to disclose and divest financial conflicts of interest. Many suspect that President Trump has conflicts of interest that are not known. I want to be sure that White House actions serve and protect the American people, rather than personally benefit the president. Ask your members of Co guess to cosponsor and support these bills.
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    Support S-65. The office of President should not be used for personal gain. Please support and vote yes
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    Don't change our form of government to a monarchy!
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    This should be a no-brainer. Using the office for personal and family gain is not acceptable.
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    It's unfortunate that our congress has failed to move this forward. We are now seeing the results play out as it becomes more obvious every day that the president has conflicting business ties with his position in office. If he was at all a person of character he would've put his holdings in a blind trust, and moved on. The fact that he didn't shows a failure to take his new job seriously. He is showing us that his company holdings are still more important. He's not committed to public service, he's just got a hobby. Congress needs to pass this, if anything just to prevent future corruption on any side of the aisle when it comes to the presidency. The executive positions in the US government are positions are one of the highest forms of public service. Please restore that greatness instead of having it be a billionaire's hobby farm.
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    His tweet regarding Nordstrom hurts their employees livelihoods. Many of whom voted for him. It's an abuse of power and a conflict of interest
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    Yes to this all similar bills. This is bigger than Donald Trump because it sets a new normalized precedent that it's perfectly fine for elected officials, including the most powerful position in the country, to be possibly compromised by interests that violate the needs of the citizens. This would seemingly negate the entire "for the people" part of our government.
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    Disclosing tax returns must be a requirement. Conflicts of interest must be eliminated or all actions by the president will be questioned, regardless of merit. Divestiture must be a requirement of taking office.
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    Trump must separate himself and his family from all conflicts of interest. He is in clear violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.
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    The last thing we need as a country is any of our leadership to profit off of their elected position. Elected government positions are for serving the public good, not serving one's private greed.
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    This is of the utmost importance.
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    Please support S 65, the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act.
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    You must end corruption in the goverment.
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    I support S 65, the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act, and urge you to vote in favor. A president who is unwilling to fully disclose or divest of his financial interests poses a real and immediate threat to our democracy.
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    I say yes to Senator Warren's bill!
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