Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 53

Posts Tagged ‘lobbyists’

About Wall Street reform

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 maggio 2010

Last week, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin took a strong stand against the big banks on Wall Street. That support for Wall Street reform put us on a path toward reining in the out-of-control behavior that caused the worst recession since the Great Depression and holding Wall Street accountable. And it brought us closer to protecting consumers and providing them clear information and terms on mortgages and credit cards so they can make the best financial decisions for them and their families. Every senator was faced with immense pressure from lobbyists. We need to show the senators who stood with President Obama and American consumers that they have our thanks. The New York Times has said that Wall Street reform represents the “most sweeping regulatory overhaul since the aftermath of the Great Depression.” These changes will hold Wall Street accountable and offer increased security for Main Street Americans — for families hoping to buy a home or pay for college, for small businesses and community banks who play fair and obey the law, and for shareholders who deserve to see their businesses grow. It’s precisely the historic progress that middle-class families and consumers need — which is why the special interests are fighting it tooth and nail.

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Health care system

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 maggio 2009

The chance to finally reform our nation’s health care system is here. While Congress moves rapidly to produce a detailed plan, I have made it clear that real reform must uphold three core principles — it must reduce costs, guarantee choice, and ensure quality care for every American. As we know, challenging the status quo will not be easy. Its defenders will claim our goals are too big, that we should once again settle for half measures and empty talk. Left unanswered, these voices of doubt might yet again derail the comprehensive reform we so badly need. That’s where you come in. When our opponents spread fear and confusion about the changes we seek, your support for these core principles will show clarity and resolve. When the lobbyists for the status quo tell Congress to hold back, your personal story will give them the courage to press forward. American families are watching their premiums rise four times faster than their wages. Spiraling health care costs are shackling America’s businesses, curtailing job growth and slowing the economy at the worst possible time. This has got to change. I know personal stories can drive that change, because I know how my mother’s experience continues to drive me. She passed away from ovarian cancer a little over a decade ago. And in the last weeks of her life, when she was coming to grips with her own mortality and showing extraordinary courage just to get through each day, she was spending too much time worrying about whether her health insurance would cover her bills. She deserved better. Every American deserves better. And that’s why I will not rest until the dream of health care reform is finally achieved in the United States of America.  Last November, the American people sent Washington a clear mandate for change. But when the polls close, the true work of citizenship begins. That’s what Organizing for America is all about. Now, in these crucial moments, your voice once again has extraordinary power. (Barrack Obama)

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