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The sudden outrage over the AIG bonuses shouldn't have come as a shock--Congress and members of the Obama Administration knew as far back as November that the payments were looming. An SEC filing at that time prompted Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) to pressure to call AIG chief executive Edward M. Liddy to cut them months ago.

"There was outrage brewing already," Cummings told the Associated Press. "I'm saying (to Liddy), 'Be a good citizen... Do something about this.'"

In January, two members of Congress wrote the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department about the bonuses. When Congress cut the stimulus deal in February, Senators Snow (R-ME) and Wyden (D-OR) proposed a measure that would have stopped the payments. They were killed in a back room deal.

Aides to the President and Treasury Secretary maintain that neither knew about the bonuses until last week.



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