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Bailout and Extenders Combined

As equity markets continue their wild swings while the credit markets signal distress, Congress will make another run at the financial sector bailout this evening.

This time the Senate will try. The new package retains the core of the bailout — authority for Treasury to purchase hundreds of billions of dollars worth of troubled mortgages and other assets — while adding an increase in FDIC insurance levels from $100,000 to $250,000, hurricane relief, and the Senate-passed tax extender package.

The Senate will take up the package this evening, voting around 8:00 pm Eastern Time. If it passes, the House will take it

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2019-02-06T18:06:06+00:00October 1, 2008|

Bailout Votes This Week

The House is scheduled to vote on the financial sector bailout package later today. If it passes, the Senate will take it up on Wednesday.

The package itself retains the core Paulson proposal to give Treasury the authority to purchase $700 billion in problem mortgages held by banks and other financial institutions. The goal of the plan is to restore confidence in these institutions by eliminating this source of fear and uncertainty for the next two years. The ultimate cost of this plan to taxpayers will depend on how much further home prices fall. Some observers believe the taxpayer will be

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2019-02-06T18:06:06+00:00September 29, 2008|