On The Money: Wave of companies cut off donations, much of it to GOP | Wall Street braces for tougher rules under new Democratic majority |
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THE BIG DEAL— Wave of companies cut off donations, much of it to GOP: A wave of corporations on Monday said they would cut off donations to any politicians who opposed the Electoral College results, putting new pressure on Republicans to break with President TrumpDonald TrumpOutgoing Capitol Police chief accuses House, Senate security officials of hindering efforts to call in National Guard: WaPo PGA announces plans to move 2022 championship from Trump property Former Democratic senator: Biden Justice Department may investigate Jan. 6 rally speakers for incitement MORE and end their attacks on the election.
Some GOP lawmakers said they believe that the pause in donations will be temporary, but others fear the vote could prove to have a long-term impact on the GOP’s fundraising abilities.
The Hill’s Alex Gangitano and Juliegrace Brufke have more here.
LEADING THE DAY
Wall Street braces for tougher rules under new Democratic majority: The Democratic takeover of the Senate means the financial services industry can expect stricter rules and tougher oversight once President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
“There was practically no window with Republicans holding the Senate to push any positive change legislatively. There now is a window,” said Gregg Gelzinis, senior policy analyst at liberal Center for American Progress. “To ensure that we have a safer, more stable financial system, to make our financial system less predatory, to protect consumers and investors, help homeowners and renters — that’s all possible now.” I break it down here.
Quick turnover at regulatory agencies: Biden will no longer need GOP support for his nominees to be confirmed, so long as Democrats remain united, and he can count on the Democratic Senate to expediently replace Trump-appointed regulators.
“It’s not just who gets nominated, but how quickly they’re actually able to get through the confirmation process and start playing the leadership role in setting a new agenda,” said Columbia University law professor Kathryn Judge.
“The process of having to kind of deal with foot-dragging by the Senate can result in significant vacancies and that’s been a real problem in recent administrations.”
Fierce Senate watchdog: Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownReimagining the role of the next SEC chair Wall Street braces for tougher rules under new Democratic majority Sherrod Brown calls for Hawley, Cruz to resign from Senate MORE (D-Ohio), one of the chamber’s fiercest critics of big banks and the financial sector, will soon become chairman of the Senate committee that oversees them.
Brown is likely to hold the financial sector’s feet to the fire with an intense focus on big bank business practices, the housing finance system, and how the financial industry can use its power to fight climate change.
Deficit hits $572 billion in first quarter of fiscal year: The federal deficit in the first quarter of the 2021 fiscal year surpassed a half trillion, reaching $572 billion, according to an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office.
The deficit set a new record of $3.1 trillion in 2020, as the pandemic whacked the economy and the government rushed in with emergency spending to keep it from deflating. Spending was up 18 percent in the first quarter, while revenues dropped 1.1 percent.
The Hill’s Niv Elis breaks it down here.
GOOD TO KNOW
- The IRS on Monday released a report to Congress that outlines strategies for improving its taxpayer service, employee training and organizational structure in response to bipartisan legislation Congress passed in 2019.
- Twitter’s stock plunged roughly 7 percent on Monday following the company’s decision Friday evening to permanently ban President Trump from the platform.
- More than 100 progressive groups, labor organizations and advocacy groups are calling on President-elect Joe Biden to use the soon-to-be Democratic majority in both chambers of Congress to move quickly on a major coronavirus relief bill.
ODDS AND ENDS
- Social media company Parler sued Amazon on Monday, alleging that its suspension from Amazon’s hosting service violated antitrust law and breached the companies’ contractual arrangement.
- Payment processing company Stripe cut ties with President Trump’s campaign after his supporters rioted at the Capitol last week, a person familiar with the matter confirmed to The Hill on Sunday.