Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s pick to be vice president, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., recently joined other lawmakers in telling Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia that the department’s final rule and fiduciary prohibited transaction exemption “are not in the best interest of retirement savers.”
Harris joined Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., as well as Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., in telling Labor to rework the fiduciary rule.
Biden chose Harris as his running mate on Aug. 12; she filed her comments along with other top Democrats in an Aug. 6 comment letter to Labor on its fiduciary rule package.
“The DOL should not only revisit and modernize its five-part test, but it should also meet its ERISA obligations in the PTE process,” the lawmakers told Scalia. “There is no reason for the DOL to arbitrarily rush and continue down this wrong path.”
Biden signaled in a draft party platform, released in mid-July, under the heading “Guaranteeing a Secure and Dignified Retirement” that he likely would torpedo the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regulation Best Interest — as well as the Labor Department’s new fiduciary rule to align with Reg BI — if elected president.