Franken votes against Bernanke confirmation

Sen. Al Franken was one of 30 Senate “no” votes on a second term for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Fellow Democrat Amy Klobuchar voted in favor of his confirmation.

You can find the roll call here.

And here is a statement from Franken:

“Working Minnesotans deserve to have the same or better protections from the Federal Reserve than Wall Street and the big banks. But that isn’t currently the case in our financial system and it hasn’t been the case in our response to the financial meltdown of 2008. I opposed the bailout because I didn’t believe it afforded enough taxpayer protections, and that’s why I oppose this nomination today.

“A strong Consumer Financial Protection Agency and other consumer protections are essential to securing our economy for Main Street and the middle class. I needed to know that a robust CFPA would be a part of financial regulatory reform in order to support Chairman Bernanke’s confirmation to a second term. As governor of the Federal Reserve and then Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Bernanke did almost nothing to protect consumers and when he did, it was too late. I needed the assurance that would improve. And I didn’t get that.

“While I voted for cloture because I believed this nomination deserved an up or down vote, I couldn’t in good conscience support it.”

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