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Bernie Sanders, Menendez 'troubled' by delay of CEO pay rule

Bernie Sanders, Menendez 'troubled' by delay of CEO pay rule
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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is coming under scrutiny from Senate Democrats like Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezJustice Dept intends to re-try Menendez in corruption case DACA is neither bipartisan nor in America's interest Senate DACA deal picks up GOP supporters MORE (N.J.), as well as Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee 2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary states After Florida school shooting, vows for change but no clear path forward MORE (I-Vt.), for delaying a Dodd-Frank rule requiring a company’s top executive to reveal how much money they make in comparison to their employees.

The CEO-to-worker pay disclosure rule was a key provision of the Obama administration’s efforts to clean up Wall Street.

The SEC passed the rule in August 2015, and it was scheduled to go into effect this year. But acting Chairman Michael Piwowar, a Republican, delayed the rule in February, noting companies encountered “unanticipated compliance difficulties.”

In a letter to Piwowar sent Tuesday, Sanders and eight Senate Democrats said they are “extremely troubled” by the recent delay and accused the SEC's acting chairman of attempting to “discredit the rule and generate momentum to repeal” it.

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They pointed out that CEOs at the nation’s largest companies make an average of “$335 dollars for every dollar earned by a typical employee.”

“Pay ratio disclosure helps investors evaluate the relative value a CEO creates, which facilitates better checks and balances against insiders paying themselves runaway compensation,” the senators wrote.

“Similarly, when a CEO asks for a raise while giving other employees a pay cut, investors should have this information,” they added.

Sanders made wages and income inequality a key issue last year during his presidential campaign.

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