The Republican overhaul of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law is unlikely to clear the Senate in its current form
Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd, Democrat from Connecticut, (R), and House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank, Democrat from Massachusetts, speak to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Friday, May 21, 2010, after their meeting with President Barack Obama. photo: AP/Susan Walsh, photo: AP/Susan Walsh
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WASHINGTON – The Republican-led House approved sweeping legislation Thursday to undo much of former President Barack Obama's landmark banking law created after the 2008 economic crisis that caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs and homes.The largely party-line vote was 233-186, as Republicans argued the rules designed to prevent another meltdown were making it harder for community banks to lend and hampered the economy. No Democratic lawmakers supported the measure; only one Republican opposed it."Our community banks are in trouble," said Speaker Paul Ryan, Republican from Wisconsin. "They are being crushed by the costly rules imposed on them by the Dodd-Frank Act. This law may have had good intentions but its consequences have been dire for Main Street."https://youtu.be/PtMyYtxN2LoHouse passage was widely expected, but the Republican overhaul of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law is unlikely to clear the Senate in its current form. Senators have said they'll spend the next few months trying to find common ground on legislation designed to boost the economy. Potential areas for compromise include changes to how much capital banks must maintain and decreasing the paperwork burden for small lenders.President Donald Trump had said he wants to do "a big number" on Dodd-Frank, and the House vote marks progress toward that goal.The overhaul bill targets the heart of the law's restrictions on banks by offering a trade-off: Banks could qualify for most of the regulatory relief in the bill so long as they meet a strict requirement for building capital to cover unexpected big losses.Democrats defended the Dodd-Frank law, saying it has meant financial security for millions of people and that undoing it would encourage the kind of risky lending practices that invite future economic shocks.They also oppose efforts to sharply curtail a consumer protection agency's power to pursue companies that it determines have participated in unfair or deceptive practices in their financial products and services. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has returned $29 billion to 12 million consumers who were victims of deceptive marketing, discriminatory lending or other financial wrongdoing."All we're doing is spending our time taking away protections for the American people and their futures. Have we learned nothing?" asked Rep. Steny Hoyer, Democrat from Maryland.Several Democratic lawmakers insisted they were willing to make some changes to Dodd-Frank, but that the Republican bill went much too far."The bottom line is we put an end to the Wild West of Wall Street, and were on a nice, steady playing field," said Rep. Michael Capuano, Democrat from Massachusetts. "We should be able to adjust it, but we should not throw it out."
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