By banning federally insured banks from risky proprietary bets, the Volcker rule is a key component of Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act and is meant to protect taxpayers from bank speculation. Ryan’s words put him at odds with conservatives in the House and Senate who have repeatedly worked to delay and weaken the bill. He cited Volcker at two different town halls, as well as Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and David Vitter’s (R-LA) bill to rein in big banks:
RYAN: I have concerns about the Vitter bill. The idea is one I find very appealing. I also believe in what we call the Volcker rule, which mean if you’re going to act like a hedge fund then be a hedge fun. [SIC] If you’re going to be a bank, then you have to be regulated like a bank. Meaning separate the ability of banks to take the implied subsidy of insured deposits and leverage that. I think that was one of the mistakes that was made.
The article includes a video of Ryan’s remarks.
Whatever you think of the the Volcker Rule, the Dodd-Frank bill, and the like (I know next to nothing about them), this is an interesting turn of events — especially in light of Ryan’s soft support of the internet sales tax.