Obama Turns to Bank-Tax

President Obama on Saturday urged Congress to act on his proposal for a $90 billion, 10-year “financial crisis responsibility fee” on banks, as the next step in financial regulation reform.

Reuters: “We need to impose a fee on the banks that were the biggest beneficiaries of taxpayer assistance [TARP] at the height of our financial crisis—so we can recover every dime of taxpayer money,” Obama said in his weekly radio address.

The proposed tax, which would raise up to $117 billion to repay projected cost of TARP, would apply to banks, thrift and insurance co.’s  with more than $50 billion in assets and hedge funds with more than $10 billion in assets.

Obama wants to apply a 0.15% tax on the liabilities of the biggest U.S. financial firms.

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