What to Know in Washington: Schumer Wants Bill Targeting Banks

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is pushing for bipartisan legislation to address the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, rather than endorsing a Democratic plan that would roll back a 2018 banking deregulation law.

“We need strong legislation and hopefully we can put something together that’s bipartisan,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters after a weekly closed-door meeting of all Senate Democrats.

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Schumer speaks during a news conference at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced a bill to repeal the Trump-era changes to regulations on mid-size banks. That 2018 law boosted to $250 billion in assets from a $50 billion threshold at which banks are subjected to strict stress tests and other provisions of the 2010 Dodd Frank Act.

All Senate Republicans backed the deregulation measure in 2018, and no GOP senator supports Warren’s legislation. Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the No. 2 GOP leader, said Republicans are focused on why regulators missed SVB’s liquidity problems leading up to its collapse in recent days.

“How come they were asleep at the switch and didn’t see this coming?” Thune asked of the regulators. Laura Litvan has the latest from congressional leaders.

Populists on both sides of the partisan divide in Washington can agree on one thing: They don’t like last weekend’s rescue of SVB depositors and want to prevent anything like it from happening again. The unity among populist lawmakers is unlikely to produce much lawmaking this time around, but if the contagion spreads, the backlash suggests strong resistance in Congress to any further intervention. Mike Dorning polls the populists.

  • Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen plans to tell Congress on Thursday that the US banking system remains sound, seeking to reassure lawmakers, depositors and investors before taking what are likely to be tough questions about how the sector is regulated. Viktoria Dendrinou previews her testimony.
  • Warren blasted Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell for “an astonishing list of failures” that contributed to the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank in a letter to the Fed chief Wednesday. Catarina Saraiva has the letter.
  • Powell faces growing calls from key lawmakers and regulatory experts for an independent investigation into the collapse, not just an internal review by the Fed board. “One hundred percent needs to be an outside look at it,” said Sen. Jon Tester (Mont.), a senior Democrat on the Banking Committee, which has Fed oversight authority. Craig Torres, Steven T. Dennis and Litvan round up the calls.
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To contact the reporters on this story: Michaela Ross in Washington at mross@bgov.com; Brandon Lee in Washington at blee@bgov.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Giuseppe Macri at gmacri@bgov.com

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