MO Resolution: Bailout money to be returned to MO taxpayersSubmitted by meekandmild on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 13:10
We have been informed the following Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR 18) (below) was introduced in the Senate. It will have to go to a committee first before it can have a vote in the Senate. For your information, Senator Rupp was the chief senator who helped pass MO's immigration law in 2008.
Senators Bartle and Rupp offered the following concurrent resolution:
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 18
WHEREAS, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, commonly known as the “bailout plan”, became law on October 3, 2008; and
WHEREAS, the bailout plan authorized the United States Treasury to spend up to seven hundred billion dollars to purchase distressed assets and attempt to inject money into the banking industry; and Fifteenth Day—Tuesday, February 3, 2009 237
WHEREAS, the bailout plan requires little or no transparency or accountability regarding the use of taxpayers' money; and
WHEREAS, the bailout plan has committed the United States government to squander taxpayer money by buying illiquid assets at abovemarket values and therefore requiring the American public to overpay for these illiquid assets of Wall Street; and
WHEREAS, the economic problems of the United States were created largely by unwise policies by the federal government that incented banks to abandon common-sense lending standards, leading to excess credit and debt being accumulated and ultimately creating a tremendous number of bad mortgages that have had a toxic effect on the overall economic health of our nation; and
WHEREAS, the United States Congress is currently proposing to spend hundreds of billions of additional taxpayer dollars on new bailout proposals which primarily serve to expand government involvement in the private sector and to promote wasteful government spending on unnecessary programs which will result in tremendous debt for our government and citizenry without realistic prospects of meaningful benefit to the economy and will leave to future generations of Americans a staggering debt to repay:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the Missouri Senate, Ninety-fifth General Assembly, First Regular Session, the House of Representatives concurring therein, hereby express our strong disapproval of the actions of the United States federal government in passing and implementing the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to the detriment of our nation's future economic prosperity; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Missouri General Assembly strongly urges Congress to oppose and refuse to pass any further legislation providing blanket financial assistance to, or “bailing out” of, certain segments of our economy; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if Congress persists in this unwise course of action that any and all “bailout” funds given to the State of Missouri come only in the form of a block grant without any requirements that these funds be spent on social programs or other dedicated projects so that the Missouri General Assembly might return these dollars to the taxpayers of the State of Missouri to spend as they see fit; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Missouri Senate be instructed to prepare properly inscribed copies of this resolution for the President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and members of the Missouri congressional delegation.