CCAGW Joins Coalition Requesting Oversight of Security and Exchange Commission | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

CCAGW Joins Coalition Requesting Oversight of Security and Exchange Commission

Letters to Officials

May 27, 2022

Dear Member of Congress:

We, the undersigned organizations, write to express our strong concerns about the regulatory processes conducted at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under the leadership of Chair Gary Gensler. The SEC has issued rulemakings under the Biden administration that (1) provide inadequate time for public comment and (2) supersede its statutory authority by pursuing binding rules that lack any Congressional authorization. Accordingly, we ask that the appropriate committees organize comprehensive oversight hearings of the SEC’s conduct under Chair Gensler.

With Chair Gensler at the helm, the SEC has pursued an aggressive regulatory agenda that prioritizes politics over practical implementation. Instead of allowing the public to provide thoughtful responses to complex rules, the SEC has issued multiple rules with overlapping comment periods— forcing stakeholders to write comments at a dizzying pace.

The SEC refuses to provide an adequate amount of time for public feedback for complex rulemakings. From 2021 to March 2022, 74 percent of the SEC’s rules provided only 30-day comment periods. Under Mary Jo White, 96 percent of SEC rules had at least 60-day comment periods. Under Jay Clayton, 85 percent of rules provided at least 60-day comment periods. In 2019, House and Senate Democrats asked the SEC to provide a comment period of at least 120 days for Community Reinvestment Act rulemakings. Last month, forty seven House Republicans and Democrats submitted a comment letter expressing concerns that the SEC’s comment periods for complex rules “may hamper the ability for the public to provide effective and meaningful input.” Additionally, the Office of the Federal Register’s Guide to the Rulemaking Process wrote that federal agencies may want to provide comment periods of “180 days or more” for complex rules.

The SEC is unlawfully issuing rules without mandates from Congress. The Administrative Procedure Act requires that any “substantive rule or order” must be issued “within jurisdiction delegated to the agency and as authorized by law.” The SEC’s rules on private fund advisers, climate-related disclosures, Form PF, alternative trading systems, and special purpose acquisition companies justify their provisions by stating they are in the “public interest.” However, court precedent clearly shows that federal agencies need statutory authorization to pursue rulemakings—issuing rules based solely on the “public interest” argument is insufficient.

Unilaterally issuing rules subverts the role of Congress and by extension citizens of the United States who elected members of Congress to represent them.

Due to the SEC’s unbridled executive overreach, we urge the appropriate committees of Congress to hold the SEC accountable and conduct oversight hearings with the chair and commissioners testifying.

We appreciate the time and consideration.

Sincerely, 

Grover Norquist 
President, Americans for Tax Reform 

Adam Brandon 
President, FreedomWorks

Ryan Ellis
President, Center for a Free Economy 

Dick Patten 
President, American Business Defense Council 

Tom Schatz 
President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste 

Karen Kerrigan 
President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council 

Steve Pociask 
President/CEO, American Consumer Institute 

Seton Motley 
President, Less Government 

Phil Kerpen 
President, American Commitment 

Jim Martin 
Founder/Chairman, 60 Plus Association 

Saulis "Saul" Anuzis 
President, 60 Plus Association 

Andrew F. Quinlan 
President, Center for Freedom and Prosperity 

Pete Sepp
President, National Taxpayers Union 

Curt Levey 
President, The Committee for Justice 

Gerard Scimeca 
Chairman, Consumer Action for a Strong Economy 

John Berlau 
Director of Finance Policy, Competitive Enterprise Institute 

Brent Wm. Gardner
Chief Government Affairs Officer, Americans for Prosperity 

Bryan Bashur 
Executive Director, Shareholder Advocacy Forum 

Tom Hebert 
Executive Director, Open Competition Center 

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Letter Type: 
Coalition Letters

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