WASHINGTON (CNN) - Outraged House Democrats are scrambling to figure out what, if anything, they can do to recoup the $165 million in bonuses AIG awarded to employees after the company received $170 billion in federal bailout funds.
A House Democratic leadership aide and a House financial services committee aide said Congress is trying to shame AIG executives and employees into forgoing the bonuses while investigating possible legal avenues that can be used to force AIG to return the money used for bonuses.
The House financial services committee is trying to determine if Congress can force AIG to renegotiate the bonuses the company says it is legally required to give employees as dictated by contracts negotiated before it received its first infusion of bailout dollars in September, according to the committee aide.
Both aides said it is unclear what authority Congress has to force AIG to take back the bonuses. Complicating the issue is the fact that the first infusion of cash to AIG was authorized by the Federal Reserve before Congress passed the $700 billion Trouble Asset Relief Program, which included some restrictions on executive pay.
AIG CEO Edward Liddy will face intense questioning about the bonuses when he testifies Wednesday before the House Financial Services subcommittee on capital markets.
Tax the filthy money-gribbing taxpayer- thieving scumbags at 99%.
Also add a surtax on anyone who enaabled Bush-Cheney the last 8 years so that we can offset part of our losses. They put us behind for generations with their RUIN in every phase of our lives.
What is funny is that just a few weeks ago republicans were whining over how much money auto workers in Detriot made.
However they feel that fat cat bonuses subsidized by federal money are sacrosanct, that inherited trust funds are sacrosanct, and that the filthy rich should be allowed to steal everything that isn't nailed down and their taxes lowered and then just maybe all their concentrated wealth would "trickle down" to unemployed "joe the plumbers".
President Obama is doing at great jobs, but I would like to know why the median didn't check on Bush like they are doing Pres. Obama, maybe we would not be in this mess!!!!!!
The Real Issue.....do not loan anymore money. Send some investigators to work and scrutinize every dollar that was given and retrieve whatever was not appropriated properly. It's worth paying a small team to do just that!!!
Kurt C. sounds like one of AIGs board members. He must be if he knows that the "1.4 trillion dollars" that he mentioned was wasted.
The only thing that is more lame than the outright crook is the knee jerk conservative who wants to do nothing while the right-wing robber barons continue robbing the US Treasury.
There must be some clause in corporate responsibility which will show this behavior to be gross negligence in living up to their fiduciary duties.
If not, it needs to be so written. They cannot give away what is not theirs to give, and do not have to give.
THIS IS AN OUTRAGE
1 bit of advice.................................How about waiting until the next time (it will come again soon) they need $ then simple request that they retrieve the bounes they paid out in 3.09? Or better let the darn company go under.
What a "smoke screen" this is!!!!!!!!! Wasn't Barney and the boys watching over all this.
To quote the Dems "it's less than a 1/2% of the package" !!!!!!!!!! So what's the big deal?
What does "Queen Nancy" spend yearly on "her" planes ??
Where's my bonus?
they should have let aig go bankrupt
Now is all makes sense.. ..AIG employs mostly Republicans.
I am so disgusted by AIG. Make them pay back the bailout money right now, if they can not make file for bankruptcy. how disgraceful.
These hearings are ridiculous. They do not accomplish anything. These crooks are called before Congress, interrogated and after the hearing they go along their merry way and do the same thing over and over. They should be fired!
I'm going home early tonight to check to see if Hannity and O' really will have as much to do on this as they had blashing Obama during the campaign. Something tells me that will be a 15 second report. Then I can swich back to CNN.
Thank you CNN for some valid reporting. An idiot could tell that AIG owed alot of money to foreign banks based on risky investment that were about as sound as a Detriot Lions in the super bowl bet with Vegas.
I'm submitting my resume to AIG immediately...I'd love to be on their payroll!
What authority does Congress have? Well, they can take the money back for starters. It isn't that hard to figure out!
Where's my bailout?
The American people deserve what they get. Remember, it means something to have experience in the world these days. President Obama cannot be expected to solve such an economic crisis overnight. But one thing is for sure. The Obama administration cannot say that they have had "transparency," good "judgment", "coherence" in their plan. Ask any one. Can it be that the media and the public are finally starting to wake up to a person with so much charisma but no details in one of the most important crisis these days. Stop the blame game and the excuses. What is the Obama administration's plans and what are the details exactly.?Does America actually know and understand? Even Warren Buffet and Jack Welch have been critical of the President. I guess they must be racists and should not be taken seriously because they are wealthy.
Staunch Democrat March 16th, 2009 4:41 pm ET
The reasons why the Republicans are soo quiet in expressing their outrage is because THEY ARE IN CONFERENCE WITH RUSH LIMBAUGH TO DETERMINE THEIR NEXT RESPONSE….YOU KNOW THE GOP CAN'T MAKE A MOVE UNLESS RUSH BLESSES IT.
And I guess Obama cant make a move without Pelosi's permission.
AIG CEO Edward Liddy is a stead-fast Republican....enough said.
Notice how the Republicans aren't screaming....AIG employs mostly Republicans. Now do you get it?
Why hasn't the media dug into this crook Barney Franks? Pretend he's a republican media.
Next week they're all going on a much deserved vacation in Hawaii. Of course, all expenses paid.
How does Rush feel about this? I'm sure the American taxpayers would love to hear a little outrage from the Republican Party. Check with Rush and get back to us ASAP!
I say list the name and location of every single person in that AIG group receiving a bonus (or whatever clever name they use to disguise it) with the total they are receiving.
It's much harder to enjoy your ill-gotten gains when you are anonymous.
These people just robbed the taxpayers. When will one ever be prosecuted? Valuable lesson: Crime DOES pay.
Not only did AIG waste the taxpayers money on bonuses, they
sent the rest OVERSEAS. Say, Bill Nelson, congressman from
Florida. I heard this today on C-Span.
The rest of the money is "gone" overseas. Gone already.
CNN you should be reporting this, "Breaking News".!!!!