Thursday, October 02, 2008

Senator Clinton Calls for Renewed Bipartisan Action on Economic Crisis

From Yonkers

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton today underscored the need for quick bipartisan action to halt the growing economic crisis. In a conference call with media, Senator Clinton said the economic impact of failing to address the crisis would spread well beyond Wall Street and seriously damage Main Street as well. Senate Clinton said jobs, family incomes, and the broader economy is at risk if nothing is done to stem the crisis. She described the bipartisan plan narrowly rejected by the House of Representatives yesterday as a flawed but necessary compromise and a major improvement over the Bush Administration’s initial proposal.

“I understand the deep skepticism surrounding the proposal, and clearly I was against the original plan sent over from the Treasury because it was a blank check giving Treasury virtually unlimited powers to do whatever they saw fit,” Senator Clinton said. “But we have negotiated through the Congress on a bipartisan basis a better alternative that installed taxpayer protections, asserted oversight and accountability, and came up with the checks and balances we should have had rather than the blank check.”

Senator Clinton urged her colleagues to set aside their differences and make hard compromises for the good of the nation.

“We cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good, or in this case the enemy of what’s necessary,” Senator Clinton said. “We have to go back and in a bipartisan fashion, face up to the difficult decisions ahead of us.”

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