This story appeared in Bank Digest.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) has introduced the Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Exist Act (S. 3542), which would break up the nation's biggest banks and risky financial institutions in order to safeguard the economy and prevent another costly taxpayer bailout. Representative Brad Sherman (D-Calif) will introduce a companion bill in the House. According to a press release issued by Sanders, the bill would cap the size of the largest financial institutions so that a company's total exposure is no more than 3 percent of GDP.
The release said that by applying a cap on the size of financial institutions, the bill would break up the six largest banks in the country: JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley. The bill also addresses large nonbank financial service companies such as Prudential, MetLife, and AIG.