Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Obama's Town Hall in Nashua N.H. Video

Obama made it clear that he's bent on getting healthcare done. It's interesting the number of ways he's talked about it over who knows how many speeches. Perhaps it will sink in with the media and the public. He also made it sound like healthcare will start anew. He said republican and democrat's health reform ideas will be aired on C-SPAN this time.
Tomorrow, Obama will address democrats' questions at their retreat beginning at 10 am eastern.
Updated with full video

Key elements of the new Small Business Lending Fund are below:

Limited to Community and Smaller Banks Which Devote a Higher Share of Lending to Small Businesses: The Small Business Lending Fund would support lending among small- and medium-sized banks (with assets under $10 billion). These banks devote the highest percentage of their lending to small businesses in their communities, accounting for over 50 percent of all small business loans nationwide, even though they make up only about 20 percent of all bank assets.

Program Would Be Separate and Distinct from TARP to Encourage Participation: By transferring, through legislation, $30 billion to a new program that would be distinct from TARP, the Administration’s proposal would encourage broader participation by banks, as they would not face TARP restrictions.

A Core Function of New Fund Would Be Offering Capital With Incentives to Increase Small Business Lending: The Administration’s core proposal for the new lending fund is an initiative to invest in smaller banks capital under terms that provide strong incentives to increase lending. As participating banks increase lending to small firms compared to 2009 levels, the dividend paid to Treasury on that capital investment would be reduced.

Administration Will Discuss with Congress Additional Ideas to Enhance Credit for Small Businesses Through the Small Business Lending Fund. While the Administration is presenting its plan to provide capital with an incentive structure to maximize small business lending, it looks forward to discussing with Congress other ways that – in addition to what is described above – the Small Business Lending Fund could be fully deployed. WH
Read more about the small business lending program here.