Senator John Fetterman (D-PA) clearly struggled to deliver his own line of questioning during Tuesday’s Senate Banking Committee hearing.
Fetterman, who just returned to the Senate after a lengthy hospitalization for clinical depression and anxiety, has also been dealing with the lasting impact of a near-fatal stroke during his Senate campaign that left him with auditory processing issues.
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“Is it staggering — isn’t it staggering responsibility — that the head of a bank could literally, could literally crash our economy. It’s astonishing,” Fetterman began. “That’s like if you have — I mean like — and they also realize that — that now they have — it’s in — they guaranteed a guaranteed way to be saved by … [unintelligible] … how?”
Fetterman continued to struggle as he appeared to call for stricter regulations on banks as a general rule, adding, “Isn’t it appropriate that the — those kinds of — this kind of control should be stricter … to prevent this kind of thing from going? Or should we go on and just keep bailing and sailing whoever banks regardless of how … their … their conduct is?”
He then appeared to go off the track, saying that he would give the former CEO of Silicon Valley Bank an “example” — and going on to talk about the fact that Republicans want to attach work requirements to SNAP benefits.
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After suggesting that it was wrong to call for work requirements for hungry families, Fetterman pivoted and asked, “Shouldn’t you have a working requirement after we sail your bank — billions of your bank?”
In order to assist the Pennsylvania senator as he continues to recover from the stroke, he has been given a tablet so that he can use closed captioning to read the responses to his questions during committee hearings. When the full Senate is in session, according to a report from TIME Magazine, “the Sergeant at Arms (SAA) has installed a permanent live caption display monitor at Fetterman’s desk in the Senate chamber.”
Instead of using Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Senate will use professional broadcast captioners to provide Fetterman’s captions — a move designed to ensure greater accuracy.