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Bush.jpgAlthough President George W. Bush’s representative made it clear today that he does not want to see the federal reinsurance backstop provided by the expiring Terrorism Risk Insurance Act extended for a decade, let alone made permanent, I say he wouldn’t dare veto a long-term extension bill if push came to shove.

As reported by our own Dave Postal (click here for his article about the bill’s introduction, and here for industry reaction), David Nason, assistant secretary of the Treasury for financial institutions, told a House subcommittee that it is important that the [TRIA] program remain temporary and short-term,” emphasizing that “from both a market and economic perspective, it would be better to have no TRIA than a bad TRIA.”

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