August 08, 2011


Today, Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) issued the following statement on the market reaction to Standard & Poor’s downgrade of U.S. Treasuries. 
“In the minds of serious, reasonable, and informed individuals there is no doubt that the U.S. will meet its debt obligations and we are seeing even more proof of that today.  As the financial markets stumble, investors continue to regard Treasury debt as a safe haven in times of economic uncertainty.  This irresponsible move by S&P may, however, have spillover effects that tax the American people by increasing interest rates on home loans, credit cards, and car loans, and by increasing the cost of finance for some state and local governments.  I am deeply disappointed in S&P’s decision to enter into the game of political punditry.”