Harkin Statement on Passage of Financial Reform Legislation Print
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Monday, 24 May 2010 13:17

WASHINGTON, D.C. - May 20, 2010 – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) tonight issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 by a vote of 59 to 39.

“I voted for this measure because it is a step in the right direction. This bill will create a strong consumer financial protection bureau that will put a stop to a whole range of predatory financial practices targeting ordinary Americans.

“I am particularly pleased that language requiring commercial banks to spin off their derivatives operations remained in the bill in its original form as reported from the Senate Agriculture Committee. This is a very important part of the bill and I hope it remains in the conference-reported bill.

“I am disappointed, however, that other amendments in line with Chairman Lincoln’s provision were not included. In particular, Senator Cantwell’s proposal to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act was not even considered. I was one of eight senators to vote against financial deregulation in 1999 that did away with Glass-Steagall. Reconsidering this issue had a place in this debate. Also, Senators Brown and Kaufman offered an amendment that would have dramatically reduced the size of the largest financial institutions. Unfortunately, the amendment was defeated.

“The problem in the financial sector, as with so many areas of our economy, is that the ground rules and oversight have been lax. Too many in the financial industry put profits ahead of people. As a direct consequence, tens of millions of ordinary Americans have lost their jobs, their homes, and, their livelihoods. This legislation will help restore some balance to our financial sector.”

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