Brady Clashes with Treasury Secretary

A day after he called for the Treasury Secretary’s resignation — Congressman Kevin Brady says he stands by his words. The fiery exchange during a Congressional Hearing has drawn national attention — both positive and negative — which may be exactly the result Brady was hoping for. Laurie Johnson reports.

In case you didn’t hear the exchange between Woodlands Congressman Kevin Brady and Treasury Secretary Timothy

Brady: “Conservatives agree that as point person, you’ve failed. Liberals are growing in that consensus as well. For the sake of our jobs, will you step down from your post?”

Geithner: “Congressman, it is a great privilege to serve this president and I am very pleased to get a chance to address the range of concerns you said — I agree with almost nothing in what you said and I think almost nothing of what you said represents a fair and accurate perception of where this economy is today.”

Brady says he has a lot of support from fellow Republicans and also privately from House Democrats who think Geithner’s policies have failed.

“He is the point man. We are shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs still, while other countries are recovering. Our deficit is at frightening levels and the stimulus has become really a joke. And so you’ve really got a loss of consumer confidence and business confidence and I just think, as some Democrat congressmen have publicly said in the last two days, the president needs a new economic team.”

But across the aisle, Houston Congressman Gene Green says while he doesn’t agree with all of Geithner’s policies, he thinks it’s just political rhetoric to call for his resignation.

“I think we ought to give people a chance. He’s been treasury secretary for eight or nine months at the most. And a lot of our problems are from the previous administration, in fact I think that exchange that happened at the Joint Committee on Taxation explained it — that there were so many bad problems in the previous administration that we have a lot of clean-up to do.”

No matter which side you fall on, or where you point the finger of blame, both Green and Brady say cleaning up the mess in Washington seems to be one idea nearly everyone agrees on.

Laurie Johnson. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.


Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson


Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Laurie has covered a wide variety of topics for HPM, including the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous elections. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and has been...

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