05.04.17

Scott to Foxx: Do Not Waive Committee Jurisdiction Over #WrongCHOICE Act

WASHINGTON – Earlier this week, Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) sent a letter to Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (NC -05) urging her not to agree to any requests to waive the Committee’s jurisdiction over H.R. 10 the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, legislation that would destroy the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule.  

“It has come to my attention that the House Committee on Financial Services is planning to begin the mark-up of H.R. 10 on May 2ndScott wrote.  “The bill was referred to our Committee on April 26th, along with eight other House committees.  Section 841 of H.R. 10 repeals the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Conflict of Interest Rule, which is also popularly known as the ‘fiduciary rule.’  This is a matter that resides squarely within our Committee’s jurisdiction, and it was the focus of several Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee hearings and full committee mark-ups last Congress. “

H.R. 10 is sprawling legislation that would harm working families in a variety of ways. The Committee has jurisdiction over matters that impact the retirement savings of hard-working Americans and student loan services which are both affected by H.R. 10.

Full text of the letter can be found here and below:

The Honorable Virginia Foxx

Chairwoman

House Committee on Education and the Workforce

US House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairwoman Foxx:

I write to respectfully request that you seek sequential referral of H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, and not waive the jurisdictional claim of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

It has come to my attention that the House Committee on Financial Services is planning to begin the mark-up of H.R. 10 on May 2nd.  The bill was referred to our Committee on April 26th, along with eight other House committees.  Section 841 of H.R. 10 repeals the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Conflict of Interest Rule, which is also popularly known as the “fiduciary rule.”  This is a matter that resides squarely within our Committee’s jurisdiction, and it was the focus of several Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee hearings and full committee mark-ups last Congress.  Furthermore, our Committee Members have expressed great concern over the attempts to weaken the oversight and enforcement power of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the important role it plays regarding the integrity of student loan finance services.

I urge you to promptly communicate our Committee’s request for sequential referral of H.R. 10 in order to protect and uphold the historic jurisdiction of our Committee.  Irrespective of what one may think of the substance of H.R. 10, the Committee on Education and Workforce should assert its rightful jurisdictional claim on matters that significantly impact the retirement savings of hard-working Americans and student loan services.

Thank you for considering this request.

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