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North Carolinians Ask Senator Tillis To Disclose Financial Transactions

Raleigh, N.C. – Piedmont Rising Executive Director Casey Wilkinson released the following statement:


“For too long, Senators Tillis and Burr have failed to deliver for North Carolinians seeking affordable health care. They’ve voted to increase health care premiums, out-of-pocket expenses, and prescription drug costs; they’ve opposed universal paid sick leave for 1.4 million residents, and they’ve stood in the way of Medicaid expansion that would have decreased the number of uninsured North Carolinians.


“Now, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, North Carolinians are demanding that senators prioritize making health care affordable for working families -- not profiting off a crisis. Given that several U.S. senators have reportedly used their positions for personal financial gain, we’re calling on Senator Tillis to disclose his recent financial transactions that could show improper or illegal actions -- and to urge his colleagues to do the same. North Carolinians should know who their leaders are working for -- hardworking families or their own bank accounts. It is time for Senator Tillis to show leadership and transparency.”


Background

Last night, the New York Times reported that Senator Burr “sold hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of stock in major companies last month, as President Trump and others in his party were still playing down the threat presented by the coronavirus outbreak and before the stock market’s precipitous plunge.” Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, who receives almost daily briefings from the U.S. intelligence community on threats to the country, himself wrote on the Fox News website on February 7 that the U.S. government was “better prepared than ever” for the COVID-19 virus, assuring Americans that they were well-protected. While Senator Thom Tillis responded Friday morning, he did not call for Senator Burr’s resignation.


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