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On the same day Phyllis Borzi, DOL Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security Administration, testified before Congress, Dale Brown, president and CEO of the Financial Services Institute, released a blunt statement on the DOL’s proposed fiduciary rule, calling it “troubling that we have reached this point in the process, and yet there appear to be no apparent prospects for a change of course.”

“A strong bipartisan consensus of nearly 100 Democratic and Republican members of the House and Senate have sent letters to the Department of Labor urging them to slow down and study the impact before moving this rule forward,” Brown writes in the statement. “Unfortunately, the Department has not responded to these concerns, and has refused to even acknowledge the need for more study.”

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