Fetterman floats work requirements for bailed-out bank executives

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Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) grilled former executives from recently failed banks Tuesday on whether there should be work requirements for banking officials whose firms are “bailed out” by the federal government.

Fetterman pointed out that Republicans want to increase work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is used by millions of needy families for food access, a provision that was part of the debt ceiling bill the House GOP passed last month.

Fetterman asked the former bank executives, who included former CEO of Silicon Valley Bank Gregory Becker as well as Scott Shay and Eric Howell, former chair and president of Signature Bank, respectively, whether the same type of work requirements should be in place for executives of banks that are given federal assistance as they collapse.

“A hungry family has to have these kinds of working requirements,” Fetterman said during a Senate Banking Committee hearing Tuesday. “Shouldn’t you have a working requirement, after we bail out your bank?”

The former bank executives did not answer Fetterman’s question. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), the chairman of the committee, quipped to Fetterman that he “didn’t see an eagerness on the panel to answer your questions.”

The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank earlier this year sent shockwaves through the banking system and the U.S. economy. The federal government moved to backstop all uninsured deposits at the firms, hoping to stave off a wider consumer reaction.

Fetterman hit Republicans for being “more preoccupied” with adding working requirements for SNAP recipients than “protecting the taxpayers” who will bail a bank out.

Following the collapse of the banks, federal lawmakers have been pointing to federal regulators and bank executives for missing warning signs, with many Democrats arguing there need to be tighter restrictions on the banking industry.

Epicassion on May 19th, 2023 at 23:11 UTC »

Cut golden parachute packages as well. Have that money recovered for the bailout.

cheebamech on May 19th, 2023 at 22:19 UTC »

R's want work requirements tied to things like any Medicaid or SNAP programs, Fetterman throwing this out for bank execs is gold

Johnsense on May 19th, 2023 at 22:14 UTC »

Love it. Drug tests too! Maybe some community service.