The House is expected Tuesday to vote on Senate-approved
legislation aimed at easing the postcrisis financial rulebook. The bill
represents the most significant bipartisan effort to relieve small and regional
lenders from a number of restrictions tied to the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-overhaul
If it is passed as expected, President Donald Trump could sign the
legislation into law as early as this week, marking a significant victory for
his administration, which has promised to reduce business regulations.
GOP House leaders agreed to advance the bill only after Senate leaders
promised to vote on a follow-up package of bills favored by the House—but not
included in the Senate bill—aimed at making it easier for companies to raise
The Senate voted 67-31 in March to approve the bill in
question. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Mike Crapo (R., Idaho) and a group
of moderate Senate Democrats, includes provisions that could drastically cut
the number of banks subject to heightened Federal Reserve oversight by raising
a key regulatory threshold to $250 billion in assets from $50 billion. It would
also relax a series of technical regulatory requirements for smaller financial
Next, bank regulators will have to implement many of the law’s sections.
The law gives the Fed 18 months to decide whether dozens of banks that fall
under the $250 billion-asset line should still be subject to stricter rules due
to factors other than size, such as the firms’ complexity. Other parts of the
bill also require regulatory action, such as provisions offering community and
custody banks relief from capital rules.
Lawmakers in both chambers are expected to vote before the midterm
elections on the follow-on legislation favored by the House. It is unclear what
provisions will be included in that bill or whether it will advance in the
Moderate Senate Democrats have promised to take a look at the package
after the broader regulatory rollback is signed into law.
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