An effort to give state insurance regulators more clout in international negotiations has strong bipartisan support in the House Financial Services Committee.
The 60 committee members voted 56-4 Wednesday to approve H.R. 4537, the International Insurance Standards Act of 2017 bill.
The bill would require the Federal Insurance Office to work more closely with state insurance regulators, and consult more with Congress, when negotiating with the International Association of Insurance Supervisors or successor organizations.
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Congress would get to review and approve any agreements.
Members of congressional committees, and committee staff members with the right security clearances, would get to see to the U.S. negotiating proposals, draft texts and other relevant materials, including classified materials, according to the bill text.
Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., introduced H.R. 4537.
Duffy has also sponsored several other insurance-related bills now under consideration, including H.R. 3746, the Business of Insurance Regulatory Reform Act of 2017 bill, and H.R. 3861, the Federal Insurance Office Reform Act of 2017 bill.
Duffy has rounded up 11 cosponsors for H.R. 4537. Three of the 11 cosponsors are Democrats.
The House Financial Services Committee did not break the vote on the bill down by party, but at least 22 of the 26 Democrats on the committee voted for it.