WASHINGTON–President Obama today criticized opponents of financial services reform, saying failure to enact such legislation “would be leaving taxpayers on the hook if a crisis like the one we’ve just seen ever happens again.”
Lawmakers are faced with deciding whether they will “side with the special interests and the status quo, or are they going to side with the American people?” Obama said
The president said he wants a law that forces banks and financial institutions to pay for the bad decisions they make–”and that means no more bailouts.”
Obama made his comments before the start of a meeting with economic advisers outside his administration.
He also said he would veto any reform bill that doesn’t include new rules on the derivatives market.
“We cannot afford another American International Group,” the president said in his comments. He said, too, he would not accept “lobbyist-driven loopholes” to attract Republican support.
“That would not be real reform,” he said.
The president’s made his comments as Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, unveiled legislation that would impose far stronger regulation on derivatives than that contained in current financial services regulations.
The bill Lincoln proposed today was written by the White House, according to congressional staffers and lobbyists.