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Conference Report on H.R. 4173, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. CANTOR. I rise in opposition to this conference report.

Mr. Speaker, the flow of credit and capital throughout the financial system is the building block of American prosperity. It has enabled entrepreneurs to pursue their ideas. It has enabled people to balance their budgets, to achieve a better standard of living. But when businesses and families cannot access capital from banks, consumers don't spend, small businesses hunker down, and investment dries up. The economy simply can't grow jobs.

This legislation is a clear attack on capital formation in America. It purports to prevent the next financial crisis, but it does so by vastly expanding the power of the same regulators who failed to stop the last one.

Dodd-Frank is the product of a tired and discredited philosophy. It's the notion that you can solve a problem by reflexively piling vast new layers of bureaucracy, regulatory costs, and taxes on it. And who'll pay the price? It won't merely be the big banks who the bill's supporters rail against. Smaller, less-leveraged community banks will have a more difficult time surviving the regulatory costs. And most alarming, costs will be passed on to consumers and businesses in the form of higher prices for credit. We know this because last year's Credit Card Act is already having just that effect.

Before it was passed, Republicans warned that more government expansion and more Washington proscription would create additional costs borne by the consumer. It was common sense, and sure enough, we were right. In response to that legislation, lending rates were reset higher as credit became less available. Meanwhile, free checking accounts are becoming a relic of the past for all but the wealthiest bank customers.

Republicans agree that the financial system needs a shake-up to bring transparency and stability. But the fact is, Mr. Speaker, this legislation does not accomplish this goal. It's bad for private business. It's bad for families, and I urge my colleagues to vote ``no'' before we do any more damage.


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