The House Financial Services Committee considered (i) testimony from federal banking regulators on a broad range of concerns and (ii) several proposed bills imposing additional requirements on financial institutions.
The CFTC voted to propose amending its uncleared swap margin regulations to (i) extend the implementation date of initial margin requirements, and (ii) exempt certain transactions from uncleared margin requirements.
Republican members of the Senate Banking Committee questioned the policies and procedures of the Financial Stability Oversight Council for designating non-bank systemically important financial institutions, and urged Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to end "Too Big to Fail."
Members of the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises heard testimony on (i) a FINRA registration proposal, (ii) the money market fund rule, (iii) bond market transparency and liquidity, (iv) the Treasury trade reporting proposal, (v) the "materiality" standard, and (vi) the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.
House Agriculture Committee leadership urged federal banking regulators and the CFTC to work with the European Commission to: (i) adhere to the agreed upon timetable for implementation of rules on margin for uncleared swaps, or if that effort is unsuccessful, (ii) to coordinate a new global implementation timeline.
The Financial Stability Oversight Council and several amicus curiae urged the D.C. Circuit to reverse the decision by a lower court that removed FSOC's designation of MetLife, Inc. as a systemically important financial institution subject to prudential supervision by the Federal Reserve.
In light of what he called "dramatically expanded responsibilities," CFTC Chair Timothy G. Massad urged the Senate Committee on Appropriations to approve President Obama's fiscal year 2017 budget request for the CFTC.