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U.S. PIRG sent a letter to the Senate supporting the pro-investor Reed-Landrieu-Levin Amendment, and opposing the underlying bill should the amendment fail.
California State Teachers’ Retirement System sent a letter to Senator Feinstein opposing the JOBS Act.
Read the letter sent to Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System opposing the JOBS Act.
“The House voted 390 to 23 last week for a bill (PDF) to provide regulatory relief for small companies trying to raise capital. The bill is moving quickly through the Senate; no one likes unnecessary regulations that burden economic growth. But this bill does more than trim regulatory fat; parts of it cut into muscle. Small businesses will have a harder time raising capital if investors do not receive sufficient disclosures or other legal protections.”
“Last week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3606, the ‘Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act.’ It is clear to me that H.R. 3606 in its current form weakens or eliminates many regulations designed to safeguard investors. I must voice my concerns because as an SEC Commissioner, I cannot sit idly by when I see potential legislation that could harm investors. This bill seems to impose tremendous costs and potential harm on investors with little to no corresponding benefit.”
“But consumer advocates, watchdog groups and some economists are raising alarms. Taken together, the JOBS Act’s various provisions represent a dramatic rollback of financial regulations that date back to the Great Depression, they argue. It would reverse protections enacted with the Dodd-Frank financial reforms, some warn. ‘We’re all for channeling capital to small businesses,’ said Marcus Stanley, policy director of Americans for Financial Reform. ‘At the same time, we have banks for a reason, as opposed to people standing on the street corner taking shares in companies. So you’ve got to strike a balance.’”
AFR and CFA sent a letter to the Senate, urging their support of the Reed-Landrieu-Levin amendment which addresses many of the concerns that we have with the House JOBS Act, which the Senate has taken up.
INVEST in America Act (S.A. 1833) vs. JOBS Act (H.R. 3606)
Mar. 15, 2012
Seven Essential Fixes to the House Bill
The House bill would allow companies to advertise risky, less-regulated, unregistered private offerings to the general …