A SENATE RESOLUTION urging the United States Congress
to implement the Homeowners and Bank Protection Act.
January 8, 2009 , read first time and referred to Committee on Insurance and Financial
I offer the following resolution and move its adoption:
A SENATE RESOLUTION urging the United States
Congress to implement the Homeowners and Bank Protection
Whereas, the onrushing financial crisis engulfing home
mortgages, debt instruments of all types, and the banking
system of the United States threatens to set off an economic
depression worse than the 1930's; and
Whereas, millions of American citizens are threatened with
foreclosure and loss of their homes over the upcoming months,
according to studies released by Realty Trac and Moody's
Whereas, this financial crisis is now threatening the
integrity of both state and federally chartered banks, as typified
by the run on deposits of Countrywide Financial in California
during the month of August 2007; and such a banking collapse
would wipe out the life savings of American citizens and
drastically undermine the economic stability of our states and
SECTION 1. Congress must establish a federal agency to place the federal and state chartered banks under protection, freezing all existing home mortgages for a period of months or years which would be required to adjust the values to fair prices, and restructure existing mortgages at appropriate interest rates. Further, this action would also write off all of the speculative debt obligations of mortgage-backed securities, derivatives, and other forms of Ponzi Schemes that have brought the banking system to the point of bankruptcy.
SECTION 2. During the transitional period, all individual homeowner foreclosures shall be frozen, allowing American families to retain their homes. Monthly payments, the equivalent of rental payments, shall be made to designated banks, which can use the funds as collateral for normal lending practices, thus recapitalizing the banking systems. Ultimately, these affordable monthly payments will be factored into new mortgages, reflecting the deflating of the housing bubble, the establishment of appropriate property valuations, and reduced fixed mortgage interest rates. This adjustment will take several years to achieve. In the interim period no homeowner shall be evicted from his or her property, and the federal and state chartered banks shall be protected so they can resume their traditional functions, servicing local communities, and facilitating credit for investment in productive
industries, agriculture, infrastructure, and other prudent financing
SECTION 3. State governors shall assume the administrative responsibilities for implementing the program, including the rental assessments to designated banks, with the federal government providing the necessary credits and guarantees to assure the successful transition.
SECTION 4. The Secretary of the Senate is hereby directed to transmit copies of this resolution to members of the Indiana Delegation of the United States Congress and also be delivered to the President to the Unites States for immediate implementation.