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US Senator Warren blasts SEC chief over delays, enforcement

Publisher: Reuters
Author: Sarah Lynch

Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren issued a scathing critique of Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White, citing executive pay rule delays and inadequate enforcement in the lawmaker’s latest swing against the Obama administration’s financial policies.

In a 13-page letter on Tuesday, Warren laid out numerous concerns over how White has run the agency.

“You have now been SEC Chair for over two years, and to date, your leadership of the commission has been extremely disappointing,” wrote the Massachusetts senator.

Although U.S. lawmakers often criticize policymakers, the blunt letter from Warren is unusual because White, an independent, was nominated by Democratic President Barack Obama.

Senator Warren, however, has not been shy about condemning members of her own party. Most recently, she criticized Obama for seeking “fast-track” negotiating authority on a Pacific Rim trade deal.

In response, White said she was proud of her work, saying the SEC has advanced more than 30 congressionally mandated rulemakings and other initiatives to protect investors.

“Senator Warren’s mischaracterization of my statements and the agency’s accomplishments is unfortunate, but it will not detract from the work we have done, and will continue to do, on behalf of investors,” White, who took over the SEC in April 2013, said in a statement.

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