Patriotic Millionaires Slam Move to Deregulate Banks

Wednesday, March 07

For Immediate Release

March 7, 2018

Contact: Kelsea-Marie Pym

[email protected]

202-446-0489

Patriotic Millionaires Slam Move to Deregulate Banks

 “This is not about the community banks or about helping the economy, it is about one thing: profit.”

Washington, DC – On Tuesday of this week, the Senate voted 67-32 to scale back regulations passed in 2010 under Dodd-Frank. In response to that, Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires Morris Pearl has released the following statement:

This role back would change current law and state that banks with assets less than $100 billion will be free of current oversight requirements, and those in between $100 billion and $250 billion are free after 18 months. This change would free up 24 banks in total from regulation, including BB&T, American Express, and KeyBank.

“Proponents of this legislation will say that it will help out those ‘smaller community banks.’ I would be happy if any of these proponents could point to a single ‘community’ bank in Indiana or Montana with assets of $200 billion. If they can point to one of those, I can point to a bridge for sale in New York.

This legislation is not about the community banks or about helping the economy, it is about one thing: profit for large banks.

Owners of those larger banks – the shareholders – are the only people who stand to get any true benefits from the passage of this legislation, all while the taxpayers have been signed up to take the risk because the banks are insured by the FDIC (meaning the American taxpayers). The government has a basic obligation on behalf of these taxpayers to supervise the banks and make sure they are not putting personal profits before legitimate taxpayer risk. It is reprehensible that our Congress has abdicated this responsibility in an clear move to cater to Wall Street.

In this case, we are talking about greater profits for executives at large scale several-hundred-billion banks. That is great for those executives at those 24 banks. Who isn’t this great for? The American taxpayer” said Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires Morris Pearl.

For further comments or questions, please contact Kelsea-Marie Pym [email protected]

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