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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

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

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

Dismantling Dodd-Frank Still a Priority; Acting Chairmen Take Charge at Regulatory Agencies

Legislative Activity Republicans Remain Committed to Dismantling Dodd-Frank At last week’s Congressional Republican retreat in Philadelphia, President Donald Trump urged Congress to make financial regulatory reform a priority to “help striving Americans get the credit they need to realize their dreams,” while Vice President Mike Pence confirmed that “dismantling Dodd-Frank” is a top legislative priority … Continue Reading

Carson Nomination Gets a Vote; Financial Services Regulators Pause, Prepare for Trump Administration

Legislative Activity Senate Banking Committee Set to Vote on Carson Nomination This Tuesday, January 24, the Senate Banking Committee is set to vote on the nomination of Dr. Ben Carson to be Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Two weeks ago, Dr. Carson received a fairly warm welcome from both Democrats … Continue Reading

House and Senate Financial Services Lawmakers Kick-Off the 115th Congress; Regulators Tackle Debt Collection, Insurance, and FinTech

Legislative Activity New Year, New Look for Senate Banking and House Financial Services Committees With the new Congress officially under way, both the Senate Banking and House Financial Services Committees have announced new Committee members. Joining Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) on the Senate Banking Committee are fellow Republican Senators David Perdue (R-GA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), … Continue Reading

Financial Services Policymakers Prepare for 2017 as Regulators Wrap-Up Work

Legislative Activity Financial Services Policymakers Outline Agendas for 2017 Last week, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) outlined his ambitious agenda for 2017. At the top of the list is moving forward with the Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs Act (CHOICE Act), which Chairman Hensarling estimates will be on … Continue Reading

Financial Services Reform Efforts Slow Moving, as Lawmakers Turn to Fight on Terrorism Financing; SEC to Hold Open Meetings

Legislative Activity Lawmakers Press on with Financial Services Reform Efforts On June 23, 2016, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) unveiled a discussion draft of legislation aimed at replacing the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank). The legislation, Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs (Financial CHOICE Act), … Continue Reading

Flurry of Financial Services Activity as Legislative Days Fly By; SEC, CFTC Move Ahead with Regulatory Priorities

Legislative Activity House to Vote on Financial Services Appropriations Bill as Hensarling Pushes Plan to Replace Dodd-Frank This week, the House is expected to consider the FY 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, which passed out of Committee largely along partisan lines and contains various provisions that would peel back certain aspects of … Continue Reading

Hensarling to Release Dodd-Frank Replacement as House to Vote on Puerto Rico Bill; CFPB, Federal Reserve Propose Long-Awaited Rulemakings

Legislative Activity Hensarling to Release Plan to Replace Dodd-Frank House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) is set to unveil details about the Republican plan to replace the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) with a “pro-growth” alternative during a speech to the Economic Club of New York on Tuesday, … Continue Reading

Fiduciary Rule and Puerto Rico in Focus for Financial Services Lawmakers; SEC, CFTC, FDIC to Hold Meetings

Legislative Activity Congressional Republicans Place DOL’s Fiduciary Rule in Crosshairs Last week, on April 19, just one day after Senate Republicans introduced a resolution to disapprove and nullify the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Fiduciary Rule, House Republicans introduced a companion resolution also targeting the rulemaking. Two days later, on April 21, the House Education and … Continue Reading

Lawmakers Tackle Puerto Rico, CFTC; FSOC to Meet on Asset Managers

Legislative Activity Senate Agriculture Committee Votes to Reauthorize CFTC Following a Senate Appropriations hearing last week to review the FY17 Budget Requests for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), on Thursday, April 14, the Senate Agriculture Committee voted 11-9, to reauthorize the CFTC. Though the timing of Senate … Continue Reading

House Lawmakers to Vote on Dodd-Frank, Other Financial Services Bills; Puerto Rico Remains Key Priority

Legislative Activity House Lawmakers to Mark-Up, Vote Various Financial Services Bills This week, on Wednesday, April 13, the House Financial Services Committee is set to mark-up various bills that would significantly alter the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), including legislation that would repeal the government’s orderly liquidation authority, as well … Continue Reading

Congress to Receive CFPB Semi-Annual Report; SEC, Other Nominees See Movement As Financial Services Regulators Make Final Push

Legislative Activity Financial Services Committee Sets Its Sights on the CFPB This week, on Wednesday, March 16, the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing for Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray to provide his Semi-Annual Report to Congress.  Among a myriad of topics likely to be raised during the hearing, much … Continue Reading

House Financial Services Committee to Hold Mark-Up; Several Agencies Propose, Finalize Various Rules

Legislative Activity House Lawmakers to Mark-Up FSOC-Related Bills On Tuesday, November 3, the House Financial Services Committee will hold a mark-up of various bills, including legislation targeting the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC).  Specifically, lawmakers will consider legislation to: (1) bring the FSOC within the normal appropriations process; (2) make Council meetings more open and … Continue Reading

Continued Focus on Dodd-Frank, Challenge to CFPB Moves Forward

Legislative Activity Financial Services Lawmakers Hone in on Dodd-Frank Reform as Fifth-Year Anniversary Approaches Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed along party lines in a 16-14 vote a $20.6 billion financial services appropriations package into which Republican appropriators inserted Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby’s (R-AL) financial services regulatory reform bill. While the bill … Continue Reading

Fed, CFPB Heads to Testify; SEC, CFTC to Hold Meetings

Legislative Activity Regulators to Testify on Capitol Hill This week, Janet Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, will appear before the House Financial Services and Senate Banking Committees to provide the Board’s semiannual monetary policy report to Congress.  The House Financial Services Committee will also hold an additional hearing to … Continue Reading

Fiduciary Rule Under Scrutiny, Appropriators Continue Targeting Dodd-Frank

Legislative Activity Lawmakers Consider Dept. of Labor Proposed Fiduciary Rule Last week, the House Education and the Workforce Committee held its first hearing on the Department of Labor’s recently released Fiduciary Rule, which seeks to establish a new legal standard for brokers and require them to offer investors retirement advice that is in the investors’ best … Continue Reading

Financial Services Lawmakers Move on CFTC Reauthorization, Appropriators Push for Changes to Dodd-Frank

Legislative Activity Senate Banking Committee Likely to Let Export-Import Bank Lapse, Timing Unclear for Regulatory Relief Last week, Senate Banking Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) noted that he does not “see any crying-out need for a markup” of legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, making clear that he has no plans to markup the legislation that … Continue Reading

Democrats Push New Regulatory Relief Measure, CFTC and EU Regulators Work to Agree on Clearinghouse Rules

Legislative Activity Democrats Pushing Regulatory Relief Bill On Wednesday, June 3, Democrats on the House Financial Services and Senate Banking Committees filed a joint bill – the Community Lender Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 2642/S. 1491) aimed at providing targeted regulatory relief to smaller banks and credit unions by, among other … Continue Reading

Export-Import Bank in Focus for Financial Services Lawmakers

Legislative Activity Lawmakers to Focus on Export-Import Bank Reauthorization This week, the Senate Banking and House Financial Services Committees will hold hearings to discuss the Export-Import Bank – the agency that finances the export of American goods and services. The hearings will include several of the same witnesses, including the Honorable Fred P. Hochberg, President … Continue Reading

Banking Committee Prepares for Delayed Markup; SEC, CFTC to Hold Advisory Committee Meetings

Legislative Activity Financial Services Committee to Consider Legislative Proposals as Banking Committee Prepares for Delayed Markup The Senate Banking Committee has rescheduled its markup of legislation to reform aspects of the financial services industry for May 21. While exactly what will be contained in the final legislation is unclear – and subject to change – … Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Remains Under Scrutiny; CFTC Reopens Comment Period on Position Limits, Staff to Hold Roundtable

Legislative Activity Federal Reserve Remains Under Scrutiny This week, Congress will continue its focus on examining potential reforms to the Federal Reserve. Last week, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified before Congress, which included discussion regarding recently introduced legislation to audit the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decision-making. This week, the scrutiny will continue as the … Continue Reading

President Likely to Seek Increased Funding for SEC, CFTC

Legislative Activity President Obama to Unveil FY 2016 Budget Later today, President Obama is set to unveil his FY 2016 Budget (Budget). As in previous years, we anticipate that President Obama will seek increased funding for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodities Future Trading Commission (CFTC) than was allocated by Congress for this … Continue Reading
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