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AIG Bonuses and Tracking Changes in the Stimulus

March 17, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Jane Hamsher at FireDogLake uses OpenCongress’s legislative version tracking tool to research the Treasury Department’s claim that Sen. Christopher Dodd [D, CT] inserted a provision in the stimulus bill (H.R. 1) that allowed the A.I.G. bonuses to go forward.

By comparing the Senate version of the bill to the final conference version of the bill that was signed into law, she shows that a provision to block bonuses retroactively on TARP contracts, inserted by Dodd in the Senate bill, was actually taken out by the conference committee.

Here’s a link to that section of the bill. Right now it goes to a blank portion of the bill text (because it was removed), but click “show changes” at the top of the screen and you’ll see, in red, the retroactive bonus blocking provision, reportedly inserted by Dodd, that was taken out.

Hamsher: “who pushed back against Dodd, and told him to neuter the provision? The ”">WSJ says Geithner and Summers:"

The administration is concerned the rules will prompt a wave of banks to return the government’s money and forgo future assistance, undermining the aid program’s effectiveness. Both Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Lawrence Summers, who heads the National Economic Council, had called Sen. Dodd and asked him to reconsider, these people said.
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