Chamber’s CEO: ‘Already Working’ With Trump to Kill DOL Fiduciary Rule

U.S. Chamber of Commerce is ‘urging immediate action to undo’ the rule, Thomas Donohue says

U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in Washington. U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in Washington.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is “already working” with Trump administration transition officials to “undo” the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule, Thomas Donohue, Chamber’s president and CEO, said Monday.

In his Monday blog post, In Your Corner, Donohue said that the Chamber is “urging immediate action to undo” Labor’s fiduciary rule, because “if enacted, it would choke economic growth, increase frivolous litigation against financial advisers and make saving for retirement more difficult for hardworking Americans.”

President-elect Donald Trump, Donohue wrote, “will have the power to quickly undo some of President Obama’s executive orders by issuing executive orders of his own,” but other regulatory reforms will require going through “the lengthier and more complicated rulemaking process.”

The DOL’s rule is one of those.

Chamber is among the groups bringing the case against DOL’s fiduciary rule in the Texas case, along with other plaintiffs including the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and the Financial Services Institute.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas heard oral arguments in the case on Nov. 17. Lawyers attending the arguments had differing views about which way Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn was leaning. A decision by Lynn is anticipated by year-end.

The nine plaintiffs in the Texas case are represented by former DOL solicitor Eugene Scalia, who’s now a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Washington office and a son of deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Donohue said in his Monday blog post that “congressional leaders should prioritize legislation that would reform the way rules are made and enforced,” noting that Chamber led a coalition of 380 business associations and local chambers of commerce to urge House leaders to move quickly on the Regulatory Accountability Act in the next Congress. “It would make the regulatory process more transparent, agencies more accountable, and regulations better targeted to solve existing problems without creating new ones,” Donohue wrote. 

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