Q&A with Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner
Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner discussed the nation's economic recovery at a July 22 Monitor Breakfast.
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Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner assumed his post in January 2009. He previously served as a top Treasury official in the Clinton administration and as president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank. He was guest speaker at the July 22 Monitor breakfast in Washington. On calls by House minority leader John Boehner to repeal the new financial regulations if the GOP takes control of the House in the 2010 elections:
"The reason this bill became law was because Republicans decided they could not block it.... It is inconceivable to me that they would find it compelling to try to undo the basic architecture of reforms."
"She has enormous credibility – credibility that came not just from being the original inspiration for an agency dedicated to a single mission of consumer protection, but [also], at a very early stage in [the] credit boom that led to the crisis, she was an early advocate of reform.... She would be an enormously effective leader of that important part of this new architecture. Of course, the president is going to make that decision."
"I have not been exposed to any concern in that direction."
"It is a terribly troubling thing that the United States of America would let that lapse and leave the future of it so uncertain for so long a period of time.... The president's position is that we should restore the estate tax and extend it at its  rates going forward."
On whether the Steinbrenner family should voluntarily pay estate tax:
"It is an excellent question."
On the greatest frustration in his job:
"Legislating is a challenge. These [recently passed financial] reforms required legislation.... And as you have seen, that was a remarkably complicated, challenging task because our system gives ... a lot of voice to people who want to exempt themselves from those rules."