Andrea Mitchell Gives Tom Price A Pass On Republicans Handcuffing The SEC


After discussing the House Republicans and their ridiculous game with insisting that they vote on this balanced budget bill that's never going to become law, Andrea Mitchell ask Rep. Tom Price about the Republicans decision to keep the SEC from doing their job by making cuts to their funding and if they're essentially handcuffing the SEC.

Price denies it of course and rather than follow up and call him out for it, Mitchell just gives him a pass and ends the interview.

Think Progress has more on the subject here -- House Republicans Propose Deep Cuts To Financial Regulators, Effectively Blocking Financial Reform:

When Congress approved a continuing resolution in March to keep the government funded, it did not include additional money for the Securities and Exchange Commission or the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to implement the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. The two agencies, which were given important new responsibilities under Dodd-Frank, have already had to restrict some activities, delay implementation of various aspects of the law, and put off hiring personnel to fill key new positions policing Wall Street and the nation’s biggest banks.

The budget that the Obama administration proposed yesterday included boosts for both the SEC and the CFTC, as well as a proposal to allow the CFTC to begin collecting fees to raise additional revenue. In fact, under the budget, the CFTC would receive an 82 percent funding boost (to $308 million), as it has the vast new task of overseeing the derivatives market.

However, House Republicans have made it quite clear that they have no intention of giving the regulators any additional money. In fact, their proposed continuing resolution for the remainder of the fiscal 2011 year (which ends in October) explicitly cuts funding from both the SEC and CFTC: [...]

This is essentially an attempt to repeal Dodd-Frank through the backdoor, by simply making it impossible for the regulators to implement and enforce the law. As Michael Ettlinger and Adam Hersh noted, this is only inviting another devastatingly expensive financial crisis, in the name of modest savings in the short-run:


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