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Brown and Vitter on Bloomberg say GAO Report Confirms Too Big To Fail Alive and Well

July 31, 2014

U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and David Vitter (R-LA) today discussed the results of a comprehensive study released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirming that Wall Street megabanks have not only received more support from government bailout programs, but enjoy a taxpayer-funded advantage - over community and regional banks - that widens during times of economic crisis. Brown and Vitter requested the report in 2013.

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Brown and Vitter are authors of the Terminating Bailouts for Taxpayer Fairness Act (TBTF Act), or Brown-Vitter. Their legislation would ensure that financial institutions have adequate capital to protect against losses. Specifically, the TBTF Act would:

* Set reasonable capital standards that would vary depending on the size and complexity of the institution;

* Limit the government safety net to traditional banking operations; and

* Provide regulatory relief for community banks. Provide regulatory relief for community banks.

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Source: Congressional Documents & Publications

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