A vote on financial reform Monday failed to produce the 60 votes needed to move ahead, as Republicans said they felt the bill was rushed and not ready to take the floor.
The Senate's second attempt at bringing the reform bill to debate occurred yesterday (Tuesday) on the same day as Goldman Sachs Group, Inc (NYSE: GS) executives – including vice president Fabrice Tourre, the only individual named in the suit – faced the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in Washington. Tourre denied the Securities and Exchange Commission's charges and said the product in question "was not designed to fail."
Goldman was the recipient of $10 billion in bailout funds – one of the most contested topics halting financial reform progress.
The uproar over taxpayer-funded financial institution aid along with the looming financial regulation overhaul prompted our fifth installment of Money Morning "Question of the Week:" How do you feel about the status of financial reform? Has it gone far enough – will too much regulation crimp our free market system? Or does it need to go much further – and can the powers-that-be create an effective reform proposal?
Here is a collection of reader responses showing concern for the future, questions over government spending, and ideas for improvement.