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  • Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act

    by Representative Michael E. Capuano

    Posted on 2015-01-07

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    CAPUANO. I thank the gentleman for yielding.



    Mr. Speaker, on the last bill, the TRIA bill, when we were still arguing about it, some people on the other side accused people like me, who support the TRIA bill, of being in favor of corporate welfare. Now, as a liberal on most issues, I don't think many people would confuse me with someone who was generally in favor of corporate welfare, but I will take it.

    On this bill--because I am going to oppose it on one basic provision--I am going to be called ``against jobs.'' Rhetoric is cheap. Titles of bills don't mean anything. And in this bill, particularly the provision that was just spoken about, title V-- there are plenty of things in this bill that I like that I would be happy to vote for. Bring them up separately, and I will. There are a couple of things here that I don't like too much, but we can find common ground on it. But all of that pales when you look at one provision in here that guts the Volcker rule.

    It is simple: in 2006, collateralized debt obligations pretty much brought the world economy to its knees and hurt not just Wall Street, but hurt me, hurt my neighbors, hurt my family, and hurt a lot of average Americans because we allowed our financial service industry to gamble with somebody else's money.

    And of course they gambled. They won a lot of money. And then when they lost, they didn't lose their money. They lost our money, and we had to come in with a bailout.

    This is a corporate bailout--not with taxpayer money, but with depositor money, depositors who are not interested in giving their money to an institution so that they can gamble it on risky items that they will see no benefit from. That is what the Volcker rule says: if you want to gamble, use your money. Good luck. Don't gamble with my money unless I say so.

    That is all the Volker rule says. It has worked pretty well. The economy is recovering. Everybody knows that. Everybody agrees with it.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentleman has expired.

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