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Deirdre Walsh

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has opposed new legislation banning members of Congress from trading individual stocks, signaled Thursday she is open to advancing it — if it has the support of her caucus.

"I just don't buy into it, but if members want to do that I'm ok with that," Pelosi told reporters at her weekly press conference.

The speaker said she didn't believe the step was necessary because she trusted her colleagues and existing laws currently require regular disclosure. "I have great confidence in the integrity of my members," Pelosi said.

Almost 10 years ago, Congress overwhelmingly passed the STOCK Act — requiring members and their spouses to disclose when they buy or sell stocks. The rare bipartisan bill flew through both chambers after a series of national news stories raised questions about whether lawmakers were profiting from their jobs.

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