Bernie Sanders introduces a bill that bans financial executives from regulating themselves by taking positions at the Federal Reserve

The measure is aimed at barring what Sanders and Boxer call a conflict-of-interest. | Jay Westcott/POLITICO

 

 

On the heels of JPMorgan’s stunning trading losses, two senators on Tuesday unveiled a bill that would ban financial executives from regulating themselves by taking positions at the Federal Reserve.

The measure is aimed at barring what Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) call a conflict-of-interest issue that includes JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, who sits on the board of the New York Federal Reserve.

 

 

“How do you sit on a board, which approves $390 billion of low-interest loans to yourself?” Sanders said at a news conference rolling out the bill. “Who in America thinks that makes sense?”

 

Under the bill sponsored by Boxer and Sanders, two of the most liberal members of the Senate, people who work for or invest in companies that can receive financial aid from the Federal Reserve would be banned from sitting on any of the Fed’s 12 boards of directors. Federal Reserve workers and board members would also be barred from owning stock in firms that the Fed oversees. The bill is also co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska).

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