UPDATE 1-Senate to give serious look at bank tax -Pelosi

* Bank tax could fund jobs bill, Pelosi says

* Fate of tax in Senate still murky

WASHINGTON, April 22 (BestGrowthStock) – U.S. House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi on Thursday said lawmakers are taking a serious look at
a proposal to tax financial institutions to recoup taxpayers’
investments in companies during the financial meltdown.

Pelosi, in response to a question about the bank tax during
a briefing, said the Senate is giving “serious consideration”
to the tax as lawmakers look for ways to pay for a Democratic
agenda that focuses on job creation and education. The House
will look at it too, she said.

President Barack Obama proposed the idea of a bank tax
earlier this year. It would be 0.15 percent on liabilities of
big financial firms.

The tax is seen having broad support among Democrats in the
House of Representatives, but this week the lead Democrat on
the Senate Finance Committee expressed concern about its impact
on consumers.

There has been no Senate decision on the bank tax, Majority
Leader Harry Reid said at another briefing.
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(Reporting by Donna Smith and Kim Dixon. Editing by Robert
MacMillan)

UPDATE 1-Senate to give serious look at bank tax -Pelosi