March is going to be a busy month for hearings, as the Senate and House tackle everything from reforming the tax code, housing finance reform, to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) budget, while the Department of Labor (DOL) will hold a public hearing on reforming the definition of fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
On March 1, the Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Max Baucus, D-Mont., will hold the first hearing of the 112th Congress on reforming the tax code. Subsequent hearings on such reform will be held throughout the year, according to a Senate Finance staff member. The first hearing is entitled, “How Did We Get Here? Changes in the Law and Tax Environment Since the Tax Reform Act of 1986.”
On the same day, the House Financial Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., will hold a hearing to examine the Obama Administration’s report on housing finance reform—including reforming the government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.