Sen. Jack Reed (R, RI) 202-224-4642 has been inconsistent on his support for structural financial reform. He's generally a defender of the public good, but he's been pushing recently for inclusion of a weaker prop-trading ban at the expense of the strong Lincoln "no bailouts for derivatives" language. Is all that big bank money getting to his head?
Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) 202-224-5842 is next in line to take over Chris Dodd's chairmanship of the Banking Committee. He's taken millions from the finance industry and seems to be getting in pretty cozy with their lobbyists. We need him to know that we're counting on him to be tough on financial reform and stand up for common-sense protections.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) 202-224-3344 has long been considered one of the only gettable GOP votes for the Dems on this issue. Not surprisingly, he's using his leverage here to push for a prop-trading restriction over the strong, bank-opposed Lincoln Sec. 716 language.
Rep Barney Frank, (D-MA) 202-225-5931
Chair of the House bill, he's known to be unpredictable, a flip-flopper, and often contradicting his own public statements. He has said that stopping taxpayer subsidies of bank gambling "goes too far". He recently said he may change his mind on that one, we hope he does.