U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin on Tuesday said in remarks at the Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-profit public policy organization, that the Obama administration would “oppose efforts” by critics to “weaken, slow down, or repeal” the Dodd-Frank Act, and that Congress and regulators “must move forward” with implementing this reform law.
Since President Barack Obama signed Dodd-Frank into law last summer, and “the important work of implementation” has proceeded, Wolin said, “critics of the Dodd-Frank Act have engaged in a broad set of attacks against the law and its implementation.”
Although the U.S. economy and the nation’s financial markets “have made important progress on the path towards recovery, we cannot forget why we enacted” the Dodd-Frank legislation, Wolin said. “In the fall of 2008, we witnessed a financial panic of a scale and severity not seen in decades. The crisis was brought about by fundamental failures in our financial system.”
The nation, Wolin said, “had no choice but to build a better, stronger system. That’s why we proposed, Congress passed, and the President signed into law a sweeping set of reforms [under Dodd-Frank] to do just that.”
As regulators have been “hard at work” over the last nine months implementing “critical reforms contained in Dodd-Frank,” Wolin continued, and as “millions of Americans are still recovering from the [financial] crisis, some on Wall Street, K Street and Capitol Hill seek to slow down, roll back, or even repeal these crucial reforms” under Dodd-Frank.