Saturday, January 24, 2009

Carney votes against the bailout, again

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Christopher P. Carney issued the following statement after voting for both the TARP Reform and Accountability Act, which passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 260 to 166, and TARP Funds Disapproval Resolution, which passed by a vote of 270 to 155:
“I voted for the TARP Funds Disapproval Resolution because I could not, in good conscience, burden taxpayers with $350 billion dollars of further debt. The American people deserve a better explanation from the financial services industry as to where the $350 billion dollars from the first half of the bailout, which I did not support, have gone.
“We were promised accountability when the first portion of bailout funding was released, but still have not received it. I voted against the bailout before because I was concerned about the lack of accountability, and I am voting for the TARP Funds Disapproval Resolution now because Wall Street has yet to provide the public with a clear plan of how they plan to spend an additional $350 billion dollars.
“We do still need oversight of the federal bailout funds. That is why I voted in support of the TARP Reform and Accountability Act of 2009. This legislation would give significantly greater oversight of the federal dollars that have been loaned to financial services institutions since October 3, 2008, when Congress passed the initial bailout package.
“We live in the greatest country in the world, one that was founded on principles of a free and fair market economy. Thus far, the bailout has relied too much on the U.S. Treasury to solve the problems that have been brought on by greed. Yes, we need to see trading and credit markets stabilized, but not by increasing the debt our grandchildren will shoulder.
“We can look to our community banks as an example: they are subject to stricter regulations than Wall Street behemoths and do not have nearly the amount of toxic debt that their larger counterparts incurred over the last few years. Our small banks went about things the right way because they have always been held accountable to a higher standard.
“Congress has a role here, not by taking control, but by mandating and conducting oversight. The federal government should not be giving more money to bail out the financial services industry when it hasn't unfrozen the credit crunch or given our economy the boost it needs.”


Anonymous said...

Let me begin by saying I also would not support the government bailouts - but:

"they plan to spend an additional $350 billion dollars."

This shows he doesn't even understand the purpose of TARP. It was not money to SPEND, it was money some felt was necessary to improve the capital structures of the banks.

And when you ask, "how was it spent" and you don't get an answer because that was not the purpose - then rail against them - sounds like politics as usual and grandstanding.

Anonymous said...

Annon 6:26 you need to look up the definition of “spend”. Here it is from the American Heritage Dictionary. “1 To use up or put out” I believe Congressman Carney was correct in his usage of “spend”. The banks will use or spend the money to “improve the capital structures of the banks.” I hope Carney keeps voting like the fiscal conservative he is.

Big Dan said...


NEPAExpat said...

Ever run up a tab at the local bar?

Ever skip out on said tab at local bar?

If your Uncle Sam pays off your tab little by excruciating little, how long will it take before the bartender lets you run up a new tab again?

Anonymous said...

Don't care how you try to twist the word "spend" - if you KEEP it to improve your capital structure - it is not spent.

But I'll give you credit for the Clintonist response.

Voting with the majority is not the same as being conservative? These were votes set up / constructed to make the Dems look concerned about tax payer $$$. This is what House leadership does, turn everything into a political talking point for their followers - that's not transparency and honesty. We deserve better than this grandstanding.

The Intellectual Redneck said...

Do all our Congressmen and Congresswomen own bank stock? Nancy Pelosi wants more TARP money than the 700 billion already wasted

Scott said...

Before we get all excited about "Carney the Fiscal Conservative" let's remember he voted FOR the Auto Bailout.

Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act - Vote Passed (237-170, 1 Present, 26 Not Voting)

On Wednesday, 12/10/2008
the House passed a $15 billion bill to provide the “Big Three” American auto companies with short-term loans.

Rep. Christopher Carney voted YES

That "Blue Dog" don't hunt!

Anonymous said...

Down DINO, down boy down.

Snerd said...

Pelosi wants to keep Carney's district after the next election. Taking a wild guess, I would bet that he received permission to vote against it, so as to please his constituents.