Senate agriculture panel clears Lincoln's derivatives bill

The legislation crafted by Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), the panel's chairwoman, would require nearly all derivatives to be subjected to a clearinghouse. 

Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyFlynn told FBI he didn't talk sanctions with Russian envoy: report Gorsuch hearing date set for March 20 Judiciary Committee wants briefing, documents on Flynn resignation MORE (Iowa) was the only Republican to support the bill. Other Republicans opposed the bill, in part, because they felt requiring all derivatives trades to go through a clearinghouse would prove too costly. 

Sen. Saxby ChamblissSaxby ChamblissWyden hammers CIA chief over Senate spying Cruz is a liability Inside Paul Ryan’s brain trust MORE (R-Ga.), the committee's ranking member, offered an amendment to limit the number of trades that would be subjected to a clearinghouse. His measure failed, 9 to 12. 

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A clearinghouse is used to ensure the soundness of the investment that is being traded. For example, the New York Stock Exchange is a clearinghouse for equity trades.

The bill now heads to the Senate floor for final consideration. It is expected to be rolled into a Wall Street reform bill written by Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) that has dominated the Senate's politics this week.

Under Lincoln's legislation, the Treasury Department will determine what derivatives trades must go through a clearinghouse. It also would force banks to divest in derivatives trades if they want to be eligible for federal assistance. The bill also requires that foreign trades go through the clearinghouse.