At 9:30 a.m., following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business for one hour with the Republicans controlling the first half and the Majority controlling the final half.
Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.
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Banking Committee Hears from Geithner on
Federal Regulatory Overhaul
Contact:Julianne Fisher, 202-224-1638 Thursday, June 18, 2009
Johnson hears from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner at a Senate Banking Committee hearing.
Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, wants to hear more from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner at a hearing today as President Obama proposes the largest regulatory overhaul since the Great Depression. Johnson said:
As we all know, federal regulators were forced to make unpopular decisions last year based on the belief that weakened financial firms were so big and so interconnected that their failure would devastate the world economy. Our economy began to nosedive as we faced the worst recession since the Great Depression.
When the TARP bill came through Congress last year, I felt it did not go far enough to improve regulation. Instead, we sent companies the message that if they are bad actors, the government will step in and buy the assets that are dragging their companies down.
Many of these troubled firms were deemed “too big to fail,” and thus we bailed them out with tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer funds.
Yesterday, President Obama and his economic team announced some of the biggest regulatory changes to our financial system since the 1930s.
Overall, this is a very complicated task to reform and modernize the financial services regulatory structure. All reforms Congress considers must help prevent a repeat of the events of the past nine months and must shift the burden away from the American taxpayer and to the financial institutions that were reckless.
While the devil is in the details, it appears that the President’s plan will give regulators the teeth they need to do the job, but also the flexibility to make sure our economy grows.
Over the coming months, the Banking Committee will work closely with the Administration to develop legislation that should make the needed changes to our regulatory structure and clear the way for a stronger, brighter and more stable economic future.
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