Econ 101: March 30, 2012

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  • Both the House and Senate passed a stopgap 90 day reauthorization of transportation funding, after House Republicans rejected the Senate’s bipartisan bill. [Associated Press]
  • Congressional Republicans are considering moving a contentious debate on taxes to before the November election. [Politico]
  • Major Wall Street banks are preparing for credit downgrades. [New York Times]
  • Following a audit critical of its labor practices, Apple products manufacturer Foxconn has pledged to increase pay and curtail labor violations at its Chinese plants. [New York Times]
  • The Senate confirmed three nominees for financial regulatory positions yesterday, though it refused to install Martin Gruenberg as the head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. [Financial Times]
  • The Congressional Budget Office again revised down its cost estimate for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). [The Hill]
  • Bank of America sold debt to collectors despite knowing its records were faulty. [American Banker]
  • Eurozone countries are bolstering their financial rescue fund in a bid to protect Spain and Italy from more debt woes. [Bloomberg]