Overnight Regulation: Dems punch back in fight over CEO pay rule

Overnight Regulation: Dems punch back in fight over CEO pay rule
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Welcome to Overnight Regulation, your daily rundown of news from the federal agencies, Capitol Hill, the courts and beyond. It's Tuesday evening here in Washington, and President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is the talk of the town after the second day of his confirmation hearing.

Here's the latest.

 

THE BIG STORY

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is coming under scrutiny from Democrats, including Sens. Bob MenendezRobert MenendezBipartisan group, Netflix actress back bill for American Latino Museum The Mideast-focused Senate letter we need to see Taiwan deserves to participate in United Nations MORE (N.J.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Healthcare: Senate votes to begin ObamaCare repeal debate | McCain returns to vote | GOP floats scaled-down healthcare bill OPINION | Healthcare vote a political death wish for GOP in 2018 Senate parliamentarian: More parts of ObamaCare repeal will need 60 votes 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 SEC 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 other Senate Democrats said they are "extremely troubled" by the recent delay and accused the acting chairman of attempting to "discredit the rule and generate momentum to repeal" it.

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.

Menendez had pushed for the CEO pay disclosure provision to be included in the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. Other Senate Democrats signing the letter included Sens. Jack ReedJack ReedCollins apologizes for calling GOP rep 'so unattractive' on hot mic Overnight Finance: House votes to repeal arbitration rule | Yellen, Cohn on Trump's list for Fed chief | House passes Russia sanctions deal | GOP centrists push back on border wall funding Senate panel rejects Trump’s effort to slash transportation funding MORE (R.I.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren: Entire country must speak up on GOP healthcare bill OPINION | Healthcare vote a political death wish for GOP in 2018 House votes to repeal consumer arbitration rule MORE (Mass.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Dick DurbinDick DurbinSenate Dem: We’re trying to block a recess appointment to replace Sessions Senate Dems launch talkathon ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote Top Dem: Trump’s voter fraud commission will accomplish what Putin wants MORE (Ill.), Chris Van Hollen (Md.), Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyOPINION | Shailene Woodley: US should run on renewable energy by 2050 Gore wishes Mikulski a happy birthday at 'Inconvenient Sequel' premiere Callista Gingrich touts Trump's commitment to environment despite Paris deal pullout MORE (Ore.) and Al FrankenAl FrankenAT&T discussing merger conditions with DOJ: report Franken: Trump Jr., Manafort need to testify under oath Trump's DOJ gears up for crackdown on marijuana MORE (Minn.).

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ON TAP FOR WEDNESDAY

The Senate Judiciary Committee will reconvene for the third day of hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. 

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on to consider the nomination of Alexander Acosta, President Trump's pick for Labor secretary. 

The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing to discuss results and accountability at the World Bank. 

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing to discuss the FDA's prescription drug user fee program. 

 

TOMORROW'S REGS TODAY

--The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will delay Obama-era tobacco rules to comply with President Trump's regulatory moratorium.

The FDA proposed restricting the amount of N-Nitrosonornicotine used in smokeless tobacco products on the last day of the Obama administration, even though the rule wasn't published in the Federal Register until after Trump became president.

The FDA will extend the comment period to give the public more time to consider the changes. 

The public has until July 10 to comment.

--The Department of Transportation (DOT) will delay consumer protections for airline passengers.

The DOT expanded a requirement for airlines to report baggage handling statistics last November, but will now extend the compliance date.

Airlines will have until January 2019 to comply with the changes in the rule.

 

NEWS RIGHT NOW 

Live coverage: Day two of Supreme Court nominee hearing 

Supreme Court limits president's power to temporarily fill agency vacancies 

Gorsuch: 'Of course women can be president' 

Gorsuch refuses Whitehouse's request to ask shadowy backers to reveal themselves 

Schumer: Delay Gorsuch vote because of Russia probe

Gorsuch: Trump never asked me to rule against Roe v. Wade

Dems: Trump 'ignoring' rulemaking procedures

Greens launch ad campaign against EPA cuts

Watchdog piles on criticism of offshore drilling regulator

Trump admin bans large electronics on select flights from Africa, Middle East

UK set to follow US with electronics ban on Middle Eastern flights

Top Dem backs Trump administration's airline electronics ban

Companies join green advocates in push to save efficiency program

GOP chairman: Trump infrastructure package could be rolled into FAA bill

Top Democrat on Senate panel: No rollback on Dodd-Frank because it works – Reuters

After illicit photo scandal, military seeks new ways to punish bad online behavior – PBS News Hour 

 

BY THE NUMBERS

7: Proposed rules

16: Final rules

(Wednesday's Federal Register)

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY 

"If you want to have more disclosure, pass a law," President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch said in a heated exchange with Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseOvernight Energy: House passes Russia sanctions deal with oil, gas fix The Hill's 12:30 Report Senate Dems launch talkathon ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote MORE (D-R.I.). The senator was pressing Gorsuch to call publicly for the conservatives spending millions pushing his confirmation to reveal themselves.  Read more here and click here for full coverage on Day 2 of the Gorsuch hearing.

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