By Kevin Cirilli - 08/19/15 04:46 PM EDT
The NBCC letter, obtained first by The Hill, comes after two prominent members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) spoke out against the proposal last month.
CBC Reps. David Scott (D-Ga.) and Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) signed onto a bipartisan letter last month circulated by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) that criticized the fiduciary proposal, which administration officials failed to implement facing similar criticism in 2010.
"You can sit in an ivory tower and make up all of these [seemingly] wonderful things, but they don't have practicality of making sure it doesn't suffocate our financial system," Clay said in an interview last month. "Furthermore, the people who [are] hurt the most with this proposal are those in the lower income stream and the middle income stream."
In March 2013, CBC officials sent a letter to DOL officials citing concerns that the rule changes would hurt minority communities. They have not taken a position on this current proposal.
Scott and Clay are joined by an increasing number of moderate Democrats in both chambers who are criticizing the proposal. The business community is eyeing the fall's budget battle as a potential vehicle to delay the administration's efforts to implement it in early 2016.
Progressives, including Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren questions Puerto Rico board's meeting on Wall Street Overnight Finance: Lawmakers float criminal charges for Wells Fargo chief | Scrutiny on Trump's Cuba dealings | Ryan warns of recession if no tax reform Anti-trade senators say chamber would be crazy to pass TPP MORE (D-Mass.) and a broad coalition of consumer activist groups, are supportive of the proposal.
But the involvement of Scott and Clay indicates there is also skepticism among Democrats about the rule, which is strongly opposed by the business community.