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Revamping Dodd-Frank a 'this-year priority': U.S. lawmaker

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U.S. Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) speaks to members of the media after meeting with U.S. President Elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., November 17, 2016.Mike Segar

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. Financial Services Committee told CNBC on Tuesday that revamping the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law remained a "this-year priority" for President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Republican Representative Jeb Hensarling said he would soon reintroduce his legislation that gives banks a choice between complying with Dodd-Frank and holding more capital.

While the bill is expected to easily pass the Republican-led House, it will face resistance in the Senate, where Democrats hold enough seats to filibuster. Pence can cast votes to break ties on legislation.

On Friday, Trump ordered a review of Dodd-Frank's effects on business and the economy, which raised the possibility he may use his executive powers to block, undo or kill by neglect parts of the law on his own.

The law, passed to prevent a repeat of the 2007-09 financial crisis, subjects banks to greater oversight and expands regulation of derivatives. Supporters say it has made the financial system stronger, while critics say it has entangled corporations in regulation that hurts the economy.

Hensarling said on Tuesday he had conferred with Trump about his legislation, known as the "CHOICE act," and the president seemed to support much of it.

While Hensarling used sharp words to describe the agency created by Dodd-Frank to guard individuals against predatory lending, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, he did not say how it would be addressed in his bill.

Calling the CFPB a "rogue agency," Hensarling said Trump should fire its sole director, Richard Cordray, after a U.S. court ruled in October its structure was unconstitutional. That decision has been stayed pending appeal.

Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli and Peter Cooney

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