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House Moves Forward with Financial Services Reform as Banking Looks to Find Its Own Path

Legislative Activity House Moves CHOICE Act Forward as Senate Banking Committee Discusses Banking Reforms Last week, the House passed the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (CHOICE Act) by a vote of 233-186. The comprehensive deregulatory bill would roll back many of the regulations put in place by the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection … Continue Reading

House Set to Vote on CHOICE Act; Agency Nominations, Budgets, and Rulemakings Under Review

Legislative Activity House Set to Choose Path for CHOICE Act as Senate Holds Hearing on Community Banking This week, the House is set to vote on H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (CHOICE Act). After a contentious markup in the House Financial Services Committee last month, the bill was favorably voted out of … Continue Reading

Tax-Writers, Treasury Talk Tax Reform

Legislative Activity Pressing Forward with Tax Reform Prior to last week’s Memorial Day recess, both the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance Committees held hearings, which focused on the state of tax reform. First, in their hearings reviewing the President’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal, tax-writers focused on various issues, including: (1) the timing and … Continue Reading

Banking Committee to Vote on Treasury Nominations as Regulators Focused on FinTech, Fiduciary Rule

Legislative Activity Senate Banking to Vote on Treasury and Commerce Nominations This Week This week, on Tuesday, May 23, the Senate Banking Committee will vote on the nominations of several individuals to fill key posts within the Treasury and Commerce Departments (see below for additional details). Last week, Senate Banking Democrats concentrated on potential Trump … Continue Reading

Busy Week at the Banking Committee; Treasury on the Hill as Trump Fills Out Financial Services Regulators

Legislative Activity Senate Banking to Host Secretary Mnuchin, Focus on Treasury This week, the Senate Banking Committee will consider the nominations of several individuals to fill key posts within the Treasury and Commerce Departments (see below for additional details). The Committee will also host Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to discuss an array of domestic and … Continue Reading

Financial Regulatory Reform in the Spotlight as Financial Regulators Fill in the Trump Administration

Legislative Activity House Financial Services Committee to Hold Markup of CHOICE Act on Tuesday After much anticipation, House Financial Services Committee Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) introduced the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (CHOICE Act) last week following a contentious hearing on the bill. Unsurprisingly, the hearing revealed partisan differences over the effectiveness of the Dodd-Frank Wall … Continue Reading

Tax-Writers Huddle Up as Trump Releases Tax Principles

Legislative Activity House Tax-Writers Hold Two-Day Meeting on Tax Reform Today, Monday, May 1, House Ways and Means Committee Republicans will continue their two-day meeting to reach a consensus on tax reform – a task that comes amidst the release of the Trump Administration’s tax reform principles (discussed further below). As senior House tax-writer Devin … Continue Reading

Full Steam Ahead with Financial Services Regulatory Reform

Legislative Activity House Financial Services Committee Chooses CHOICE Act as President Trump Signs Financial Services Executive Orders After a two-week recess, the House Financial Services Committee is wasting no time getting back to work as it plans to hold a hearing on the Financial CHOICE Act this Wednesday. The bill, an acronym standing for Creating … Continue Reading

Trump and Treasury Turn to Tax Reform

Legislative Activity How About That Hearing?: The Tax Reform Saga Continues After speculation by some that the House Ways and  Means Committee would hold the first hearing on its tax reform proposal this week, no such hearing was ultimately scheduled. That said, tax-writers are continuing to work to push forward their tax reform efforts. Our … Continue Reading

Financial Services Regulatory Reform Ramps Up

Legislative Activity Senate Banking, House Financial Services Committees Set Sights on Financial Services Regulatory Reform With the first 100 days of the Trump Administration largely behind them, financial services lawmakers are beginning to move forward with their review of and efforts to reform the financial services sector. During the Senate Banking Committee’s hearing last week, Chairman … Continue Reading

Brady’s BAT Battle; Trump Takes on Tax Reform

Legislative Activity Brady May Be Open to “Significant Modifications” on BAT as the Trump Administration Takes More Active Role in the Tax Reform Debate As the health care reform debate continues to unfold, congressional tax-writers are preparing to move forward swiftly with their tax reform efforts. Though House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) has … Continue Reading

Financial Services Regulatory Reform Poised to Move Ahead

Legislative Activity Lawmakers Moving Forward with Financial Services Reforms House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) has indicated that he plans to reintroduce his replacement for the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) – the CHOICE Act – but in various bills to give at least some provisions a greater likelihood of being enacted. Chairman … Continue Reading

It’s Tax Reform’s Turn

Legislative Activity Time for Tax Reform? With the GOP’s healthcare reform efforts having fallen apart, Members and staff from the House Ways and Means Committee will likely now turn their full time and attention to another key priority: tax reform. See our analysis of the current landscape here. This Week’s Hearings: On Tuesday, March 28, the House … Continue Reading

Financial Services Nominees in the Spotlight as Agencies Under Scrutiny

Legislative Activity Senate Committees to Consider Labor, SEC Nominations This Week; House Has Full Slate of Hearings After Examining Flood Insurance and the Fed Last Week This week, two Senate committees will consider the nominations of President Trump’s picks to lead the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). On Wednesday, … Continue Reading

First Quarter Tax Reform Update

Legislative Activity The House With the 115th Congress entering month three, tax reform continues to be a focal point of the political debate in Washington. Intent to move forward with their tax reform “Blueprint” released in June 2016, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), and other tax-writers have … Continue Reading

Lawmakers Take on Targeted Financial Services Bills, Focus on Flood Insurance

Legislative Activity Financial Services Lawmakers Continue Work on Flood Insurance After Last Week’s Mark-Ups The House Financial Services and Senate Banking Committees last week advanced various pieces of legislation, including bills that would extend to investment companies operating in Puerto Rico and all the U.S. territories the same rules as those that apply on the … Continue Reading

Tax Reform Talks Continue as “Tax Dodging” in Democrats’ Crosshairs

Legislative Activity Corporate “Tax Dodging” in Spotlight as Tax Reform Timing in Question It is becoming increasingly clear that the timing of tax reform is largely tied to what happens with the House Blueprint. Assuming the proposal moves forward largely as is, the House is aiming to wrap up debate and successfully enact tax reform by … Continue Reading

Financial Services Regulatory Reform Debate Abounds in Congress and at the Agencies; FSOC to Meet Under Mnuchin

Legislative Activity CHOICE Act 2.0 Could Be Weeks Away as GOP May Need to Resolve Differences While previous reports indicated that House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) was set to move on a revised version of the Financial CHOICE Act (CHOICE Act 2.0), his plan seems to have been met with delay. Though … Continue Reading

The Prospects for Tax Reform in Trump Town

Legislative Activity The Prospects for Tax Reform in Trump Town With the 115th Congress nearing the end of month two, tax reform continues to be a focal point of the political debate in Washington. Intent to move forward with their tax reform “Blueprint” released in June 2016, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Ways and Means … Continue Reading

CHOICE Act 2.0, Insurance Regulation Take Center Stage; DoL Fiduciary Rule May Be Delayed as Other Regulators Review Regs

Legislative Activity Financial Services Committee Organizes as Hensarling Set to Move CHOICE Act 2.0 Last Tuesday, February 7, the House Financial Services Committee held a meeting to approve its Authorization and Oversight Plan (Plan) for the 115th Congress. The meeting featured partisan debate related to transparency within the Trump Administration and how the Committee should … Continue Reading

More on Timing of Tax Reform as Trump Teases Tax Plan; Tax-Writing Committees Get Organized

Legislative Activity Time for a Trump Tax Plan as Timing on Blueprint Shifts Last week, various high-profile members of the House Ways and Means Committee were about town publicizing the House’s tax reform “Blueprint,” which would overhaul the U.S. corporate, individual, and international tax systems, as well as make significant reforms to the Internal Revenue … Continue Reading

Republicans Move on Financial Deregulation; Fed Finalizes Stress Test Guidance

Legislative Activity President Trump Orders Review of Financial Regulations Last Friday, February 3, President Trump issued an Executive Order related to financial services regulatory reform (generally) and an Executive Memorandum specifically targeting the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Fiduciary Rule. The Executive Order on Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System directs the Secretary … Continue Reading
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