In 1989, members of Congress who were supporting an amendment to the proposed Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act ("FIRREA")  wore this pin while lobbying their colleagues.  Their amendment, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL), would have reaffirmed contracts the government had made in the early 1980s with over 100 banks and thrifts pursuant to which the financial institutions agreed to assume the responsibility to pay over $20 billion in debt which otherwise would have become the government's responsibility.  However, after the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a legal opinion to Congress advising that the banks and thrifts had never had valid contracts in the first place, the Hyde Amendment was defeated.  Seven years later, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a lopsided 7-2 vote, found in favor of the thrifts, ruling that DOJ's legal opinion was incorrect and that FIRREA breached the thrifts' contracts.  Despite the high court's eight-year-old ruling, the U.S. government -- which has had the use of $20 billion of other people's money for almost 25 years now, has yet to pay any meaningful compensation for its wrongful conduct.