McConnell 'not optimistic' Dodd-Frank overhaul will happen

McConnell 'not optimistic' Dodd-Frank overhaul will happen

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump GOP senator threatened to hold up bill over provision to honor late political rival: report Paul: Shutting down government not my goal MORE (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he’s “not optimistic” that Congress will pass a major bill to change the Dodd-Frank financial reform law despite President Trump’s promise to “dismantle” it.

McConnell said on Bloomberg News this morning that he doesn’t think enough Democrats would support a bill to gut the sweeping financial regulations passed under former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaJudge orders Walker to hold special elections Mueller investigates, Peters quits Fox, White House leaks abound 2020 Dems compete for top campaign operatives MORE. Republicans would need 60 votes to overcome a Democratic filibuster but only control 52 seats in the upper chamber.

“I’m not optimistic,” McConnell said. “So far, my impression is the Democrats on the banking committee believe that Dodd-Frank is something akin to the Ten Commandments.”

McConnell’s comments point to the long odds that major Dodd-Frank changes face in the Senate.

While the House is expected this month to pass the Financial Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs (CHOICE) Act, a root-and-branch rollback of Dodd-Frank, the bill is widely considered dead on arrival in the Senate.

Democrats have fiercely defended Dodd-Frank and said they will not work with Republicans to remove its most crucial provisions. McConnell said he’d like to see bipartisan compromise on regulatory relief for community banks, which has received past bipartisan support.

Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownDemocratic senator: People don’t know what’s going on between Trump and Putin Power struggle threatens to sink bank legislation Pension committee must deliver on retirement promise MORE (Ohio), the Senate Banking Committee's ranking Democrat, has said his party will unite against major changes to how Dodd-Frank regulates big banks but is open to community bank relief. Banking Committee Chairman Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoPower struggle threatens to sink bank legislation Overnight Regulation: FDA rule to limit nicotine in cigarettes moves forward | Court tosses Obama financial adviser rule | House GOP threatens to hold up Senate Dodd-Frank rollback Overnight Finance: House threatens to freeze Senate Dodd-Frank rollback | New Russia sanctions | Trump vs. Trudeau on trade | Court tosses Obama financial adviser rule MORE (R-Idaho) also said his preference is to focus on community banks and housing finance reform.

Though the political realities of Congress complicate Trump's goal of fulfilling his promise to dismantle Dodd-Frank, his appointments to regulatory agencies could take their own steps to draw back the regulations.

Trump has still not appointed a Federal Reserve vice chair for supervision, a Securities and Exchange Commission member and a new comptroller of the currency, all with the power to make significant changes.