Overnight Finance: House threatens to freeze Senate Dodd-Frank rollback | New Russia sanctions | Trump vs. Trudeau on trade | Court tosses Obama financial adviser rule

Overnight Finance: House threatens to freeze Senate Dodd-Frank rollback | New Russia sanctions | Trump vs. Trudeau on trade | Court tosses Obama financial adviser rule
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THE BIG DEAL: The just-passed Senate bill to roll back the Dodd-Frank Act won't see action in the House unless senators are willing to negotiate, a key GOP chairman said today.

House Financial Services Chairman Jeb HensarlingThomas (Jeb) Jeb HensarlingLawmakers battle over future of Ex-Im Bank House passes Ex-Im Bank reboot bill opposed by White House, McConnell Has Congress lost the ability or the will to pass a unanimous bipartisan small business bill? MORE (R-Texas) told reporters that Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanBush, Romney won't support Trump reelection: NYT Twitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why Lobbying world MORE said the bipartisan Senate bill to rollback the Dodd-Frank Act will "stay on his desk" unless senators agree to negotiate with the House.

"We're not rubber stamping the bill," said Hensarling, a close Ryan ally. "It's got to be bipartisan and bicameral."

Moderate Senate Democrats behind the bipartisan bill say they're not willing to reopen the bill with the House and would disown major changes. They say excessive tinkering would break the fragile bipartisan balance behind their deal.

But Hensarling insisted they were being "presumptuous and naive" to think the House wouldn't demand changes and assert its role as an equal chamber of Congress.

"I would be happy to share with them a copy of the Constitution," Hensarling said.

I've got more on what Republicans want, and how Democrats are reacting, right here.




  • "We're sending a message to the Senate that we stand ready to negotiate." -- Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas).


How we got here: While weakening Dodd-Frank has been a major Republican goal since the law passed in 2010, the House and Senate took different paths to attack the banking rules enacted by President Obama.

House Republicans led by Hensarling sought to repeal or rewrite as much of Dodd-Frank as possible. Their plan, the CHOICE Act, would have transformed or eliminated major parts of Dodd-Frank.

The bill would allow banks that reach certain cash thresholds an off-ramp from Dodd-Frank, reduce the frequency of federal stress tests and restrain oversight powers of several federal agencies that the 2010 law expanded. The CHOICE Act would have also placed strict limits on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and its funding.

The bill passed the House in 2017 and was immediately dismissed by the Senate as too conservative to pass the upper chamber. The GOP's narrow Senate majority meant any bill to reel in Dodd-Frank would need Democratic support to avoid a filibuster.

Senators instead released the bill from Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoSenate panel to vote on controversial Trump Fed pick Shelton GOP skeptical of polling on Trump GOP: Trump needs a new plan MORE (R-Idaho) last November with a dozen Democrats sponsoring the measure.


What comes next: There are two ways we move forward from here. Either the House caves and passes the Senate bill, or the Senate gives in and decides to broker a deal with the House. It's hard to imagine a situation where a Senate-passed bill to revise Dodd-Frank dies in a GOP-controlled government, but it's possible.

It'll likely be weeks, if not months, before we know how this shakes out. Congress needs to pass another government funding bill by next Friday, and debate over the measure will dominate the week ahead.

Lawmakers will then leave for a two-week break before returning to Washington. We will be in the heart of campaign season before long, which has historically prevented Congress from getting much done beyond the bare essentials.

It's going to be a bumpy ride ahead.



A divided federal appeals court on Thursday tossed out an Obama-era Department of Labor rule that required financial advisers to act in the best interest of their customers. The Hill's Lydia Wheeler reports.

In a 2-1 ruling, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals said the fiduciary rule bears the hallmarks of "unreasonableness" and constitutes an arbitrary and capricious exercise of administrative power.

The lawsuit stems from a challenge the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and eight other business and financial groups brought against the rule.

Check back at The Hill for more on the ruling.




New Russia sanctions: The U.S. will impose new economic sanctions on two-dozen Russian individuals and entities for cyberattacks in the U.S. and meddling in the 2016 election, senior national security officials said Thursday.

The Treasury Department will target five entities and 19 individuals from Russia for actions ranging from the "destabilizing efforts" in the 2016 presidential election to the "NotPetya" malware attack, the costliest and most disruptive in history.

Some of those entities and individuals -- including the "Internet Research Agency," which allegedly used fake social media accounts to sow division in the U.S. -- have already been indicted by special counsel. The Hill's Jonathan Easley tells us more.

Trump vs. Trudeau: President TrumpDonald John TrumpWayfair refutes QAnon-like conspiracy theory that it's trafficking children Stone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence Federal appeals court rules Trump admin can't withhold federal grants from California sanctuary cities MORE on Thursday insisted that the U.S. has a trade deficit with Canada after he reportedly acknowledged mentioning the deficit to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a meeting without knowing if it was actually true.

Trump tweeted that the U.S. does "have a Trade Deficit with Canada," noting that the U.S. has a deficit "with almost all countries."

According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. actually has a trade surplus with Canada. Data by Statistics Canada, however, shows that Canada has a trade surplus with the U.S.

So, about those tariffs: The Trump administration's trade policy will go under the microscope next week at the House Ways and Means Committee. 

U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerGOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 Pelosi sounds hopeful on new NAFTA deal despite tensions with White House MORE and Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossOVERNIGHT ENERGY: WH pushed for 'correction' to Weather Service tweet contradicting Trump in 'Sharpiegate' incident, watchdog says | Supreme Court rules that large swath of Oklahoma belongs to Native American tribe WH pushed for 'correction' to Weather Service tweet contradicting Trump in 'Sharpiegate' incident, watchdog says  OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Watchdog accuses Commerce of holding up 'Sharpiegate' report | Climate change erases millennia of cooling: study | Senate nixes proposal limiting Energy Department's control on nuclear agency budget MORE are scheduled to testify amid growing concern from lawmakers over President Trump's recent tariff announcements and the threat of significant trade restrictions against China.


Lighthizer, the nation's top trade official, will appear on Wednesday, followed by Ross on Thursday, the panel announced.

The top officials will likely be peppered with questions about Trump's formal announcement last week that he will slap tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports over national security concerns. The Hill's Vicki Needham previews their appearances here.

MARKET CHECK: Mixed. It was another jumbled day for U.S stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average ended the day up 0.5 percent, while the Nasdaq and Standard and Poor's 500 took 0.2 percent and 0.08 percent losses respectively.



  • The liberal Not One Penny coalition announced Thursday that it plans to hold more than 100 events across the country during the weekend before the tax-filing deadline to press for repeal of President Trump's tax-cut law.
  • The amount of money the U.S. government spends servicing its debt would surpass defense spending by 2024 and Medicaid spending by 2021, according to a study by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB).



  • Bloomberg Businessweek looks into when a woman could take the helm of Goldman Sachs.
  • Spotify's stock will hit the New York Stock Exchange on April 3, the music streaming service announced during an "investor day" presentation on Thursday.