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Fri May 30, 2014, 09:33 AM

Elizabeth Warren to Obama: Fed nominees should crack down on Big Banks

Go on with your bad self, Elizabeth!


http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/05/elizabeth-warren-obama-federal-reserve-nominees

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Reply Elizabeth Warren to Obama: Fed nominees should crack down on Big Banks (Original post)
whathehell May 2014 OP
ProSense May 2014 #1
Leme May 2014 #2
NorthCarolina May 2014 #5
Scuba May 2014 #3
Le Taz Hot May 2014 #4
supercats May 2014 #6
blkmusclmachine Jun 2014 #7
whathehell Jun 2014 #8
JDPriestly Jun 2014 #9
whathehell Jun 2014 #10
JDPriestly Jun 2014 #11
cstanleytech Jun 2014 #13
Helen Borg Jun 2014 #12
DirkGently Jun 2014 #14

Response to whathehell (Original post)

Fri May 30, 2014, 09:41 AM

1. Here's the release and letter

Senators Merkley and Warren Call on President Obama to Fill Vacant Fed Slots with Strong Financial Reform Advocates

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) - leading voices on the Senate Banking Committee for the Main Street economy and a stronger approach to financial regulation - today sent a letter to President Obama urging him to fill remaining openings on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors with nominees who will bring strong expertise and advocacy for financial reform.

The Senators emphasized that despite the Fed's outsized role in financial regulation, the Fed did not prioritize its regulatory duties in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, with disastrous consequences. The letter urges the President to protect the financial security of ordinary Americans by appointing individuals who have demonstrated their expertise in investigating or responding to the 2008 crisis and have shown the vision to advance much-needed reforms that the Federal Reserve is in the process of implementing.

"The management of the nation's monetary policy is one of the most important duties of the Board, but missteps on financial stability can overwhelm the careful work that the Federal Reserve engages in on monetary policy and bring about devastating harm to the economy," the Senators wrote. "<...> Financial regulation and oversight obligations must be front and central to the Board's work now and going forward, which should be reflected in the new makeup of the Board."

Of the seven seats on the Board, four seats remain vacant or expired and the President has yet to name nominees for two of those slots. The Senators' letter noted recent Board nominees' "strong macroeconomic and international experience, which are undoubtedly important" but also noted the need for diversity in experiences and expertise across Board members. Such diversity remains crucial as the Federal Reserve continues to implement and enforce new regulations established after the financial crisis.

The Senators' letter stressed the importance of financial stability and regulatory issues, noting that the regulatory failures that led to the Great Recession ultimately left tens of millions of Americans unemployed and resulted in the loss of trillions of dollars of wealth, much of it belonging to middle class families.

Sen. Merkley has long been a staunch advocate for financial regulations that protect U.S. jobs and the hard-earned income of Americans. He helped to end deceptive and dangerous Wall Street practices through the Merkley-Levin amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act. Known as the Volcker Rule, this amendment established a firewall between traditional banking and hedge fund style gambling. He also spearheaded reforms to deceptive mortgage lending practices that contributed to the 2008 crisis.

The full text of the letter is below.

May 28, 2014

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We write regarding your selection of nominees to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the Board). With its responsibilities for oversight of the financial system, it is critical that the two remaining nominees for the Board be leaders who possess expertise in financial regulation and have demonstrated a strong commitment to financial reform.

The management of the nation's monetary policy is one of the most important duties of the Board, but missteps on financial stability can overwhelm the careful work that the Federal Reserve engages in on monetary policy and bring about devastating harm to the economy. As the events of 2008 showed, when the Federal Reserve and other financial regulators failed to engage in appropriate financial regulation, the results were the worst financial crisis in 80 years, a massive bailout of the global financial system by U.S. taxpayers, and a Great Recession that left tens of millions unemployed and eliminated $19 trillion in household wealth.[1] Financial regulation and oversight obligations must be front and central to the Board's work now and going forward, which should be reflected in the new makeup of the Board.

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act solidified the importance of financial regulation and systemic stability for the work of the Board. Moreover, in the aftermath of this crisis, significant gaps in oversight have meant that few have been held sufficiently accountable. With additional responsibilities and oversight duties, it is now more important than ever that the membership of the Board reflect those priorities. Governor Daniel Tarullo has worked tirelessly to lead the Board's financial reform initiatives under then Chairman Ben Bernanke and now under Chairman Janet Yellen, but he cannot do it alone. Financial stability and regulatory issues are of the highest importance and should have adequate Board membership to give serious attention to those efforts.

Accordingly, we urge that the remaining openings be filled with nominees who possess the expertise and have demonstrated the commitment to address the problems revealed in the crisis and who can advance the work of the Board on financial regulation and oversight. This role could be filled by a number of qualified candidates who played important roles in investigating, analyzing, and responding in legislation and regulation to the global financial crisis and who, from past work at a regulatory agency, Congressional committee, academia or similar experience, have the vision and leadership skills to advance the crucial reforms the Federal Reserve is now in the process of implementing. A community banker with a strong commitment to a level playing field for the Main Street economy would also be a strong candidate for one of those seats. While recent nominees for other Board seats have strong macroeconomic and international experience, which are undoubtedly important, maintaining a balance of experience in the membership of the Board will help ensure that financial reform and oversight priorities are given adequate attention and continuity and will help build a bench of financial reform leaders who can carry the mantle going forward.

As more time passes since the most recent financial crisis, we must not lose our focus on the importance of financial reform for the stability and growth of our economy and the success of our working families. We appreciate your attention to this critical issue as you consider potential nominees for the Board.

Sincerely,

Senator Jeff Merkley

Senator Elizabeth Warren

http://www.warren.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=511


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Response to whathehell (Original post)

Fri May 30, 2014, 10:03 AM

2. well, will see if this request is in line with the President's actions

 

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Response to Leme (Reply #2)

Sat May 31, 2014, 11:21 AM

5. Sit tight, he's checking with Wall Street for a proper response. nt

 

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Response to whathehell (Original post)

Fri May 30, 2014, 10:14 AM

3. But she's not running for you-know-what!

 

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Response to Scuba (Reply #3)

Fri May 30, 2014, 10:19 AM

4. And stop saying that!11!11!111

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Response to whathehell (Original post)

Sat May 31, 2014, 02:42 PM

6. Way To Go Warren and Merkley!!!

 

You keep doing the right things and drag Obama along with you kicking and screaming if you can.

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Response to whathehell (Original post)

Sun Jun 1, 2014, 05:03 AM

7. Without ACTION, pretty little speeches are MEANINGLESS.

 

Show me what you actually DO, and I'll tell you what you really BELIEVE!

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Response to blkmusclmachine (Reply #7)

Sun Jun 1, 2014, 10:06 AM

8. Elizabeth Warren's doing BOTH -- You want action? -- Start your own!

You can't fault Warren for not "acting".

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Response to whathehell (Reply #8)

Sun Jun 1, 2014, 10:28 AM

9. But Obama? Different question.

So far, Obama's appointments have been, well, what is that word for not very brave?

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #9)

Sun Jun 1, 2014, 11:14 AM

10. I agree about the president..

and I believe the word is "cowardly", although I'm not sure this applies

to Obama, as I sense that, at heart, he's either a very conservative Democrat

or a moderate republican and always has been.

Personally, I like him..Who doesn't?...Only racists idiots, I guess.

As an Illinois resident, I voted for him 4 times (once for senator) but freaking A..

He's disappointing. In Bernie Sanders words "I think the president is

a corporatist". I concur.

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Response to whathehell (Reply #10)

Sun Jun 1, 2014, 11:22 AM

11. I like Obama too. And I like the ACA. But I too am disappointed.

He really did not tackle the economic crisis as he should have. Republicans would have done even a worse job. But Obama did not propose measures that would have employed people quite directly, did not propose simple answers people could understand, ignored the experience of FDR in the 1930s or erroneously dismissed it as a failure and never rallied the unemployed and disenchanted behind him. The strong Tea Party was the result.

Obama is a great person, but not a skilled negotiator. He has improved, but he is afraid to risk failure, and to be a great president, he would have had to have risked failure more often.

Still, he hasn't started any big wars and that is good although the Russians are creeping up on Turkey, and that is a big problem.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #11)

Sun Jun 1, 2014, 10:07 PM

13. Oh I wish he had been able to do more JD but on the other hand

I honestly am not sure how much more he could have really done when you consider the how many roadblocks the republicans have been willing to throw in his path.
I mean heck from the day he won they said they had no intention of trying to repair the damage they did and instead said their one and only goal was to make sure he was a one term president.

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Response to whathehell (Original post)

Sun Jun 1, 2014, 11:35 AM

12. That's our Elizabeth! She's not gonna be a pom pom girl like she was told!

She's gonna stir up trouble!

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Response to whathehell (Original post)

Mon Jun 2, 2014, 10:22 PM

14. KNR. n/t

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