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Speaker Pelosi Names Conferees For Wall Street Reform

June 9, 2010

This afternoon, Speaker Pelosi named Members to the conference committee that will complete comprehensive Wall Street reform legislation. The House conferees will work with Senate conferees to send a strong bill to the President for his signature that achieves several key principles: strong consumer protections; transparency and accountability for the financial sector; an end to taxpayer-financed bailouts; and tough oversight of Wall Street to ensure it never again costs us 8 million jobs on Main Street. The conferees are:

Committee on Financial Services

Barney Frank, Chair, full committee
Paul Kanjorski, Chair, Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises
Maxine Waters, Chair, Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity
Carolyn Maloney, Member of Committee
Luis Gutierrez, Chair, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
Mel Watt, Chair, Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology
Gregory Meeks, Chair, Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade
Dennis Moore, Chair, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Mary Jo Kilroy, Member of Committee
Gary Peters, Member of Committee

Conferees on specific portions of the legislation on which their committees have jurisdiction:
Committee on Agriculture

Collin Peterson, Chair, full committee
Leonard Boswell, Chair, Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management

Committee on Energy and Commerce

Henry Waxman, Chair, full committee
Bobby Rush, Chair, Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection

Committee on the Judiciary

John Conyers, Chair, full committee
Howard Berman, Member of Committee

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Edolphus Towns, Chair, full committee
Elijah Cummings, Member of Committee

Committee on Small Business

Nydia Velazquez, Chair, full committee
Heath Shuler, Chair, Subcommittee on Rural Development, Entrepreneurship and Trade

Last December, the House passed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act — the most significant effort to restore accountability to the financial system since 1933. This legislation:

Puts an end to bailouts and the idea of “too big to fail”

Establishes a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency to protect consumers from lending abuses, fine print and gimmicks–and empower them to make the best decisions on homes, credit cards, and their own financial future

Brings transparency to CEO pay and bonuses when they jeopardize banks' safety and soundness

Sheds light on one of the darkest corners on Wall Street — the over-the-counter derivatives market

Speaker Pelosi:

The New Direction Congress is sending a clear message to Wall Street: the party is over. No longer will big banks be able to gamble with the hard-earned dollars of America's workers, and no longer will recklessness on Wall Street cause joblessness on Main Street. The failed policies of President Bush and the Republican-led Congress produced the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression — and cost millions of Americans their jobs, homes, and retirements.

Last month, the Senate passed similar legislation to hold Wall Street accountable, and the conference committee will work to send a final bill to the President's desk as soon as possible.

The conference committee will meet for the first time tomorrow and the meetings will be webcast. In addition, Chairman Barney Frank has asked Brian Lamb, Chairman and CEO of C-SPAN, to broadcast the conference meetings on C-SPAN:

June 8, 2010

Dear Mr. Lamb,

Thank you for committing the necessary resources to provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of the opening day of the historic House-Senate Conference on the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. As we move forward, I urge you to provide the necessary resources to ensure that the American people are able to watch the public portions and the voting of the Conference Committee. I believe it is vital that after the financial crisis of 2008, the American people are able to view the public proceedings. I thank you for your consideration of my request.