Just a few weeks before his retirement, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. (left), introduced a bill late Thursday that would merge the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Frank, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, who introduced the legislation with Rep. Mike Capuano, D-Mass., said “the existence of a separate SEC and CFTC is the single largest structural defect in our regulatory system.” Unfortunately, he added in a press release, “this is deeply rooted in major cultural, economic and political factors in America.”
Had Congress sought to merge the SEC and CFTC in the Dodd-Frank Act, Frank continued, “it would almost certainly have caused the defeat of that legislation. Now that the basic policies have been adopted to cover securities and derivatives regulation, we can focus on the structural issue. I file this bill now, because I believe it is time for this to be on the agenda of the next Congress.”
Capuano noted in the release that the “common sense step” in merging the two agencies will “continue to advance financial regulatory reform” and “eliminate gaps that have put our financial system at risk.” Capuano is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Financial Services Committee.