Elizabeth Warren and the Senate Banking Committee – WITH POLL

Thanks to demeter11 for pointing out that the NY Times has followed our lead.
Results so far (Friday evening) seem pretty clear:
- promoted by david

Seems an obvious fit, no? The Senate Democrats will have two open slots on the Banking Committee come 2013, with Senators Akaka and Kohl retiring. Elizabeth Warren knows a lot about banking, and she has a lot to say about it.

The banks know this, and they are therefore working overtime to keep her off the committee. Don’t let it work. You – the Massachusetts grassroots – are the ones who made “Professor” Warren into “Senator-elect” Warren. Take the poll and let them know what you think. (Also, this is a test of a free polling tool I just happened upon.)

Should Elizabeth Warren be on the Senate Banking Committee?
pollcode.com free polls 

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5 Comments . Leave a comment below.
  1. Banking Committee vs Finance Committee

    One of those pieces suggests that she might end up on Finance instead of Banking. Can someone who knows the inner workings of the Senate explain the difference to a poor country boy?

    • Cursory Google search...

      Committee #1: Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs

      The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs is one of twenty Senate committees tasked with conducting Senate business related to specialized areas of legislative interest. Although the Senate has a longstanding history of writing and passing legislation focusing on our nation’s banks, the Senate Banking Committee was not formally established until 1913, with Senator Robert Owen of Oklahoma, sponsor of the landmark Federal Reserve Act, as its first Chairman; since then, the Committee has undergone various transformations and reorganizations. Now known as the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs to underscore the diversity of issues under its purview, the Committee plays an integral role in managing legislation that affects the lives of many Americans. These areas of jurisdiction include, but are not limited to: banking, insurance, financial markets, securities, housing, urban development and mass transit, international trade and finance, and economic policy (an official list of these legislative and policy issues can be found in the “Jurisdiction” section of our website). Further information about how Senate Committees generally operate can be found here.

      The Committee is led by Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Ranking Member Richard C. Shelby (R-AL). The Committee is currently made up of 22 Senators; 12 Democrat, and 10 Republican.

      Committee #2: Finance

      The Committee concerns itself with matters relating to: taxation and other revenue measures generally, and those relating to the insular possessions; bonded debt of the United States; customs, collection districts, and ports of entry and delivery; reciprocal trade agreements; tariff and import quotas, and related matters thereto; the transportation of dutiable goods; deposit of public moneys; general revenue sharing; health programs under the Social Security Act, including Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and other health and human services programs financed by a specific tax or trust fund; and national social security.

      The absolutely dreadful Max Baucus chairs Finance, and through it has done a serious number on the country and the Democratic Party.

      Finance is a powerful committee and Liz could do some great things from there, but I still think I’d like to see her on banking, if only to give Bank of America, JP Morgan, Citi and Goldman Sachs a case of heart palpitations for at least the next six years. Better yet, let’s get her both…

      RyansTake   @   Wed 21 Nov 5:10 PM
  2. 11 votes

    I sure would love to hear from the 11 people who voted (6% in that poll as of my last viewing) against Senator-Elect Warren getting Banking.

    Man, I still get a kick out of saying “Senator-Elect Warren.”

  3. Are the Poles Coming Back?

    I hope so. They’e such nice people. And contrary to stereotypes they’re very smart.
    Why my friend Chet Wozcowsky is one smart bastard. He’s an engineer or something. Even his brother Walter, who’s a fuckin’ dope, is pretty bright. Dude loves his vodka.

    Yeah, it will be good to have the Poles back.

    eb3-fka-ernie-boch-iii   @   Wed 21 Nov 11:19 PM
    • You should try their

      pottery. It’s lovely. Works in the microwave. And once you figure out that Sz is reallly just sh, you can even say their names.

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