The permanent unelected government of Tax Expenditure Welfare Lobbyists and their cousins, cush job seeking Senate $taffers are said to be
plotting to keep Elizabeth Warren from being able to ask questions from a position on the Senate Banking Committee. By denying her a seat.
It's up to Harry Reid to make the decision.
Clearly, President Obama must want Elizabeth on the Banking Committee. Speak up.
Progressives need to petition Harry Reid to put Elizabeth's experience in designing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to work for us, by placing her on the Banking Committee.
Read the sad truth about Senate staffers looking for jobs at big banks and selling out the country, below the jump.
Hopefully, several outlets will report this story. Thom Hartman would sure like it.
It seems the the usually terrible CNBC has gotten a head start, and for once they
include some truth about the real reasons (bribe big bank job payoffs for staffers and
ex Cons, er Members of Congress). This is sickening.
The quote from John Carney at CNBC:
Warren’s resume makes her a perfect fit for the committee. Her tenure as chair of the Congressional TARP oversight panel gave her a clear view of the intersection of the financial sector and government. In that post she distinguished herself as an independent thinker and critic of both the Obama administration and of banking practices.Kossacks, let's deny the lobbyists this "win". Sign the petition that Joan McCarter started as I was writing this.
It’s really up to Reid as Senate Majority leader to make committee assignments. If he wants Warren on the committee, she gets the seat. If she doesn’t want her on the committee, she won’t. This is a matter of discretion.
Behind the scenes there are people working to keep her off the committee. A former Senate aide tells me that the banking committee staff does not like Warren and have begun to quietly campaign against her. Lobbyists are telling senior Democrats that Warren might be “more effective” on the Judiciary Committee, which does bankruptcy oversight.
The staff of the Banking Committee is extremely tight with lobbyists for the banks, many of whom are former members of that staff. The staffers and lobbyists socialize together, drink together, and sometimes even marry. They are elitists who think of themselves as a cut above other Capitol Hill aides. And they pretty much all want jobs at banks someday.
We probably won’t know for several weeks if efforts to keep Warren off Banking succeed. Reid reportedly won’t begin making committee assignments until the new year. But if, in the end, Warren doesn’t wind up on Banking, it will be a big win for the financial sector’s lobbyists.
Whole CNBC story: