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Senior members of Congress, both Democrat and Republican, have signed letters calling for a delay or end to the Labor Department’s effort to rewrite the 5-part retirement plan fiduciary definition that deals with those who sell investment retirement accounts.

Those signing letters asking the DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration to delay changing the definition include four top-ranking Republicans, who are either the chairmen or the ranking members of key House and Senate committee. Four members of the Missouri House delegation, two Republicans and two Democrats, sent one letter. Eight House Democratic members also sent a letter.

The DOL proposal seeks to update a fiduciary definition that was developed in 1975. Critics of the existing definition say it is so complicated that it excludes some advisors who clearly have violated obligations to act in the client’s best interest.

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