Thursday, May 2, 2013

Early Warning: Washington Insiders Are In Awe Of The Number Of Wall Street Lobbyists Descending On The City Right Now

According to BI: For all intents and purposes Wall Street has been pretty quiet about bipartisan legislation proposed by two Senators that would force banks to hold more cash than ever.  It's called the "Terminating Bailouts for Taxpayer Fairness" Act, and David Vitter (R-LA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) have been talking about bringing it to the floor for the last month or so. They presented a complete version of the bill last week.

D.C. vet Cam Fine emails: “I have been in Washington leading ICBA (Independent Community Bankers of America) for 10 years. I have experienced everything from the Wal-Mart bank charter fight, to the Fannie-Freddie accounting scandals, the Great Recession, bailouts, financial reform and Basel III. And I believe that Wall Street and the half dozen large trade groups that represent them in Washington have deployed more lobbyists on the TBTF issue than on any other issue since I came to D.C. … They must really be freaked out. There are more Wall Street lobbyists swarming Capitol Hill than there will be cicadas swarming the Washington metro area this summer — and, worse, the lobbyists make more noise than the cicadas.”

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