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Elias Alias

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Baucus on his vote For the Bailout
« on: October 04, 2008, 11:34:26 pm »

Here is the reply I received from Senator Max Baucus in response to my heated note to him on the subject of the bailout:


Dear Elias:


Thank you for contacting me regarding my vote in the Senate on the state of our financial markets and economy. I appreciate hearing from you on this very important issue.


This vote was one of the toughest votes I have cast in my Senate career. The letters, phone calls, emails and faxes from Montanans across the state expressed disbelief and frustration with our economic state and concern for our economic future.


The greed and failure of public and private institutions to safeguard our financial security have let us down. Montanans are struggling just to make ends meet, and don't want to see their hard earned money go to bail out Wall Street.


I voted for this legislation because I was concerned that the impacts would start to be felt by families and small businesses on Main Streets across Montana and the country. Congress was charged with the responsibility to ensure that this crisis was interrupted before the effects began to ripple through Main Street. The legislation includes tools and resources to build a stronger financial framework with oversight and safeguards.


Locally, I am concerned about the lack of access to credit and how it affects Montanans and Montana communities. If a bank can't get credit, neither can the local hardware store, the coffee shop, the car dealership down the street, college-bound students and the new neighbor who just bought the house next door. Already the funds that Montanans depend on are beginning to dry up, and the crisis is starting to hit home. Without this credit, businesses will stagnate and start to close, folks will lose their jobs and Main Street economies across Montana will begin to decline.


From the start, I insisted that any plan I support must ensure the following: 1) Montanans and Americans won't shoulder all the costs of mistakes made by greed on Wall Street; 2) chief executives won't get large payouts or golden parachutes; 3) middle-class homeowners will get relief; and 4) this situation never happens again.


To provide stability to our community banks and ensure its customers' money is safe, I successfully included a temporary increase in the FDIC deposit insurance limit from $100,000 to $250,000. The FDIC insurance limit was last increased in 1980.


To help homeowners, this bill requires the government to work with lenders and servicers to modify mortgage terms for those struggling to keep up with payments.


I demanded oversight provisions in the bill to create an independent Inspector General (IG) to oversee this program - and only this program. The IG is accountable only to Congress and the taxpayers. I want the IG to be on the ground on Wall Street, closely monitoring the firms that receive taxpayer money.


It is not acceptable for executives to get big payouts when their firms are getting assistance from the government. That is why I worked so hard to ensure that this bill limits compensation to executives, and includes provisions to end tax breaks that these participating companies get for executive pay.


The package of vital tax incentives that were included in the economic stabilization legislation will help to create more jobs. We will need these good-paying jobs to help restore our economy. These provisions included the extension and creation of tax incentives for renewable energy, a one-year fix for the 20 million-plus Americans who are slammed every year by the Alternative Minimum Tax, a tax break on college tuition, and a tax deduction for State and local taxes paid. Extensions of the tax credit for teachers' classroom expenses and tax relief for companies in research and development are also included.


I believe our country's economy is at stake. Our economic situation is as dire as I have ever seen in my years in Congress. While the legislation was not perfect, I felt it was necessary to address Montanans top concerns that I listed above, and it had to be done immediately.


Additional information about the legislation is available at the website listed below: - click on the link entitled Economic Stabilization on the front of the website. If you do not have access to the Internet, please contact my toll-free number at 800-332-6106 for assistance from my staff.

Thank you again for getting in touch with me. I hope this response has answered some of your questions regarding my vote.

With best personal regards, I am
Senator Max Baucus


I'll return soon with my comments to various points Mr. Baucus makes in this letter. What do you think of this? How many of you also got the same letter from Senator Baucus' office?

« Last Edit: October 24, 2008, 09:03:30 am by Elias Alias »
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