Monday, November 24, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gail Hillebrand, director of Consumers Union’s financial services campaign, made the following statement today in response to President-elect Obama’s announcement of his economic team:
“This is a seasoned, experienced team, and their plans offer some hope that they will act quickly to get to the heart of our financial crisis.
“Treasury Secretary-designee Geithner and the other members of President-elect Obama’s economic team need to push for a broad loan modification program to stop preventable foreclosures, advocate strong new credit reforms, and develop more effective oversight of the financial system.
“They should also require that every financial institution that receives government money or guarantees treats consumers fairly. In light of the $300 billion guarantee announced today for Citi, this is especially relevant. If the banks want the taxpayers to bail them out, they should abandon unfair credit practices, or be forced to do so by government.”
A more detailed description of the reforms supported by Consumers Union can be found at: http://www.consumersunion.org/pub/core_financial_services/006328.html
Gail Hillebrand – 415-431-6747
Pam Banks – 202-462-6262
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