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Hensarling: Treasury Report Mirrors ‘Foundational’ Principles of Financial CHOICE Act


WASHINGTON, June 14, 2017 -

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), the sponsor of the Financial CHOICE Act, issued the following statement on the Treasury Department’s first report to President Trump on how to improve the U.S. financial regulatory system:

“President Trump promised that his administration would ‘dismantle Dodd-Frank’ because of all the economic harm it causes hardworking Americans, and that is exactly what House Republicans voted to do last week in passing the Financial CHOICE Act.  The House took bold action, and I am enormously encouraged that the Treasury Department’s first set of recommendations closely mirrors key, foundational principles that are in the Financial CHOICE Act.  This is a big step forward in crafting a more sensible, less burdensome regulatory system so we can have a healthy, growing economy with greater opportunities for all Americans.  The Financial CHOICE Act is a legislative plan of action.  Treasury’s report is an administrative plan of action.  They are not identical and are not meant to be.  But as Congress and the Administration work together, I’ll encourage an even greater focus on helping community banks and credit unions because small businesses and millions of American families rely upon them.”

Examples of Overlap Between H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act, and the Treasury Department’s First Report:

  • A regulatory off-ramp for banks that elect to maintain a sufficiently high level of capital.  The report specifically recommends adoption of the 10% simple leverage ratio “consistent with H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act.”

  • Accountability for the CFPB, with a director who can be removed by the President and an agency that is subject to the congressional appropriations process.

  • Appropriately tailoring regulations to fit a financial institution’s business model and risk profile.

  • Regulatory relief for community financial institutions, with calls for changes to the Qualified Mortgage rule, the exam process and call reports – all of which are addressed in the Financial CHOICE Act.

  • Enhancing the use of cost-benefit analysis by financial regulators.

  • Improving the transparency and accountability of the Federal Reserve’s conduct of the stress-testing and capital planning regime.

  • Living Will reform, including moving to a two-year cycle, providing public notice and comment of the assessment framework, requiring the Federal Reserve to provide feedback to firms within six months, and removing the FDIC from the Dodd-Frank Sec. 165(d) living will process. 

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