Senate Banking Committee Chairman Presses Reform

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Banking Committee conducted a hearing to discuss ideas for financial regulatory reform.  Senator Christopher Dodd, chairman of the committee, argued the case for streamlining the governmental agencies that currently oversee the nation’s largest financial institutions.  In his remarks, he pressed the need for the creation of a new, single regulatory agency that will consolidate the handful of agencies that provide oversight today.  Here’s what he had to say.

“I have heard from many who have argued that I should not push for a single bank regulator.  The most common argument is not that it’s a bad idea – it’s that consolidation is too politically difficult.  That argument doesn’t work for me,” said Dodd. “We must eliminate the overlaps, redundancies, and additional red tape created by the current alphabet soup of regulators.”  Dodd went on to detail priorities in bank regulation.  “We need to preserve our dual banking system.  And I feel just as strongly on that point as I do the earlier point.  State banks have been a source of innovation and a source of strength, a source of tremendous strength, in their communities.   A single federal bank regulator can work with the 50 state bank regulators.” The chairman also recognized the important role played by community banks.  “Community banks did not cause this crisis and they should not have to bear the cost or burden of increased regulation necessitated by others.  Regulation should be based on risk – community banks do not present the same type of supervisory challenges their large counterparts do.”

Streamlining oversight in this way will not only strengthen the regulatory framework, it will also eliminate much of the excess governmental spending and bureaucracy that currently exists.

Chris Dodd


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One Response to Senate Banking Committee Chairman Presses Reform

  1. euandus2 says:

    I don’t think the reform being considered by Congress goes far enough because I don’t think they (and we) know the extent to which bankers will go to get their way. BTW, I recommend the following:

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