Democrats want pay limits, loan aid in bailout

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats are proposing to add government help for homeowners and limits on executive compensation to the government's $700 billion financial bailout of Wall Street.

A draft of the plan obtained Monday by The Associated Press shows that Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd also wants the government to get a stake in the companies helped by the unprecedented rescue.

The measure would end the program at the end of next year, instead of creating a two-year initiative as the Bush administration has requested. It also would add layers of congressional oversight, including an emergency board to keep an eye on the program with two House and Senate appointees.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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