GOP confident Dodd-Frank fix will pass Congress

Republican senators are expressing confidence that Congress will approve a correction to the Wall Street reform law known as Dodd-Frank before they leave Washington.

The insurance industry is pressing for a change to Dodd-Frank that would correct an error lawmakers in both parties say was unintentional.


Dodd-Frank calls for the Federal Reserve to oversee universal capital standards for banking and insurance companies under language backed by Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders takes incoming during intense SC debate Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response | Top official warns virus appears inevitable in US | Democrats block two Senate abortion bills Democrats block two Senate abortion bills MORE (R-Maine).

But the rule, set to go into effect in January, subjects insurers to the same rules written for the banking industry. Collins, Federal Reserve officials and most lawmakers agree that that was an error in the drafting of the bill.

Both the House and Senate have passed separate bills that would correct the error, but the House bill included other financial provisions that wouldn't pass the Democratic-controlled Senate. The Senate bill just addressed the insurance issue.

“It's up to the House at this point,” Collins, who supports the correction bill, told The Hill. “I'm starting to talk to House members about how to insure that it does become laws. It'd be unfortunate if it got bogged down by other unrelated issues.”

She said that it could be part of a larger package to fund the government but added that the “easiest way” would be for lawmakers to take it up separately.

Senate Banking Committee ranking member Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoRepublican lobbying firms riding high despite uncertainty of 2020 race Lobbying World Ernst endorses bipartisan Grassley-Wyden bill to lower drug prices MORE (R-Idaho) also said he wasn't worried about the bill getting passed by the end of Congress.

“It'll either be wrapped into a larger package or addressed separately,” Crapo said. “But there's widespread support for this. I'm confidence it'll get done.”