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White House distances itself from Glass-Steagall push

White House distances itself from Glass-Steagall push
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The White House wants to keep its distance from a liberal push to re-implement legislation that would break up big banks.
 
Progressives like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are calling for a reimplementation of Glass-Steagall, which would require big banks to divide commercial and investment banking.
 
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"At this point, we believe that the kind of implementation of Wall Street reform is the most effective way to protect our economy and middle-class taxpayers," White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at a press briefing Friday when asked whether President Obama supports it.
 
Earlier this month, Warren brought back legislation that would re-implement the law.
 
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton hasn't said whether she supports it. Two of Clinton's main 2016 primary challengers — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley — both support the push.
 
Earnest said the administration is still focused on implementing the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform law.
 
"Wall Street reform has been incredibly effective at reforming our financial system in a way that looks our for the interests of middle-class families and taxpayers," Earnest said.
 
Most economists and Federal Reserve policymakers refute liberals' assertions that the repeal of Glass-Steagall was part of the cause of the 2008 crisis.