(CNSNews.com) – President Joe Biden gave a short speech on Monday morning to address the collapse of two major U.S. banks—the Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank—and stated: “Our banking system is safe. Your deposits are safe.”
The California-based Silicon Valley Bank was taken over by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on Friday and, on Sunday, the FDIC took control of the New York-based Signature Bank after it was closed by state regulators.
On Sunday, Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen, Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome H. Powell, and FDIC Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg released a statement that, in part, said the following:
“After receiving a recommendation from the boards of the FDIC and the Federal Reserve, and consulting with the President, Secretary Yellen approved actions enabling the FDIC to complete its resolution of Silicon Valley Bank, Santa Clara, California, in a manner that fully protects all depositors. Depositors will have access to all of their money starting Monday, March 13. No losses associated with the resolution of Silicon Valley Bank will be borne by the taxpayer.
“We are also announcing a similar systemic risk exception for Signature Bank, New York, New York, which was closed today by its state chartering authority. All depositors of this institution will be made whole. As with the resolution of Silicon Valley Bank, no losses will be borne by the taxpayer.”
While the resolution announced by Yellen, Powell and Gruenberg said that their solution “fully protects all depositors” and that depositors “will have access to all of their money,” the FDIC only guarantees deposits up to $250,000—not over that level.
“Deposit insurance guarantees repayments of deposits at a bank up to the insured limit, $250,000,” says a report by the Congressional Research Service.
“It is intended to prevent bank runs and reduce the risk of systemic failure of the banking system,” says CRS. “Banks pay deposit insurance premiums to the FDIC, which maintains the DIF [Deposit Insurance Fund] to meet its obligations of insuring deposits and resolving failed banks.”
In his address on Monday morning, Biden indicated that all of the money for bailing out these two failed banks will come from the DIF. “No losses will be borne by the taxpayers,” he said.
Here is a full transcript of Biden’s address on the bailout of the failed banks:
President Joe Biden: “Good morning, everyone. Before I leave for California, I want to briefly speak about what’s happening to Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank.
“Today, thanks to the quick action of my administration over the past few days, Americans can have confidence that the banking system is safe. Your deposits will be there when you need them.
“Small businesses across the country that had deposit accounts at these banks can breathe easier knowing they’ll be able to pay their workers and pay their bills. And their hardworking employees can breathe easier as well.
“Last week, when we learned of the problems of the banks and the impact they could have on jobs, some small businesses, and the banking system overall, I instructed my team to act quickly to protect these interests. They have done that. They have done that.
“On Friday, the government regulator in charge, the FDIC, took control of Silicon Valley Bank’s assets. And over the weekend, it took control of Signature Bank’s assets.
“Treasury Secretary Yellen and a team of banking regulators have taken action — immediate action. And here are the highlights:
“First, all customers who had deposits in these banks can rest assured — I want to — rest assured they’ll be protected and they’ll have access to their money as of today. That includes small businesses across the country that banked there and need to make payroll, pay their bills, and stay open for business.
“No losses will be — and I want — this is an important point — no losses will be borne by the taxpayers. Let me repeat that: No losses will be borne by the taxpayers. Instead, the money will come from the fees that banks pay into the Deposit Insurance Fund.
“Because of the actions of that — because of the actions that our regulators have already taken, every American should feel confident that their deposits will be there if and when they need them.
“Second, the management of these banks will be fired. If the bank is taken over by FDIC, the people running the bank should not work there anymore.
“Third, investors in the banks will not be protected. They knowingly took a risk and when the risk didn’t pay off, investors lose their money. That’s how capitalism works.
“And fourth, there are important questions of how these banks got into these circumstances in the first place. We must get the full accounting of what happened and why those responsible can be held accountable. In my administration, no one, in my view — no one is above the law.
“And finally, we must reduce the risks of this happening again. During the Obama-Biden administration, we put in place tough requirements on banks like Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, including the Dodd-Frank Law, to make sure the crisis we saw in 2008 would not happen again.
“Unfortunately, the last administration rolled back some of these requirements. I’m going to ask Congress and the banking regulators to strengthen the rules for banks to make it less likely that this kind of bank failure will happen again and to protect American jobs and small businesses.
“Look, the bottom line is this: Americans can rest assured that our banking system is safe. Your deposits are safe.
“Let me also assure you: We will not stop at this. We’ll do whatever is needed on top of all this.
“Let’s also take a look — a moment to put the situation in a broader context. We have made strong economic progress in the past two years. We’ve created more than 12 million new jobs — more jobs in two years than any President has ever created in a single four-year term. Unemployment is below 4 percent for 14 straight months. Take-home pay for workers is going up, especially for lower- and middle-income workers. And we’ve seen record numbers of people apply to start new businesses — more than 10 million of them — more than 10 million applications over the last two years starting businesses.
“Now we need to keep the program — this progress going. That’s what swift action that my administration, over the past few years, is all about: protecting depositors, protecting the banking system, protecting the economic gains we have made together for the American people.
“Thank you. God bless you. And may God protect our troops. See you in California.”
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