Obama: McConnell made 'cynical and deceptive assertion' on financial reform bill

Taking direct aim at his Republican critics, President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaCongress needs to assert the war power against a dangerous president CNN's Don Lemon: Anyone supporting Trump ‘complicit' in racism DOJ warrant of Trump resistance site triggers alarm MORE promised Saturday there would be no additional bailouts offered to the financial industry.

"Never again will taxpayers be on the hook because a financial company is deemed 'too big to fail,'" he said in his weekly address.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellTrump’s isolation grows Ellison: Trump has 'level of sympathy' for neo-Nazis, white supremacists Trump touts endorsement of second-place finisher in Alabama primary MORE (R-Ky.) took to the Senate floor this week and said the Democrats' pending financial regulatory reform bill in the Senate "not only allows for taxpayer-funded bailouts of Wall Street banks, it institutionalizes them."

Obama said McConnell made a "cynical and deceptive assertion."

"He knows that it would do just the opposite," Obama said. "Every day we don’t act, the same system that led to bailouts remains in place -- with the exact same loopholes and the exact same liabilities. And if we don’t change what led to the crisis, we’ll doom ourselves to repeat it. That’s the truth."

"Opposing reform will leave taxpayers on the hook if a crisis like this ever happens again," he added.


Obama said a "failure of responsibility" from Wall Street and Washington cost the country "8 million jobs lost, trillions in savings erased [and] countless dreams diminished or denied."

Obama said the Democrats' financial reform will close the "loopholes" that led to the economic crisis.

"It’s these loopholes that allowed executives to take risks that not only endangered their companies, but also our entire economy," he said. "And we’re going to put in place new rules so that big banks and financial institutions will pay for the bad decisions they make -- not taxpayers."

He closed by saying, "We will hold Wall Street accountable."