We need financial reform

In the State of the Union speech, President Obama celebrated the House of Representatives for passing legislation to rein in the reckless practices we've seen on Wall Street. He then turned to the Senate and urged them to get a good bill to his desk immediately.

Passing Wall Street reform through the Senate will not be easy. According to Bloomberg News reports, more than 1,400 bank lobbyists are now working the halls of Congress. That's more than three lobbyists for every member of Congress, or fourteen lobbyists for every senator.

Here in Maryland, we need Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin to stand up to the bank lobbyists and fight for financial reform that will prevent future bailouts and will protect Americans who play by the rules.

Fielding Huseth, Baltimore

The writer is an advocate with the Maryland Public Interest Reserach Group.

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