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U.S. House Passes Bill to Cut Funding for Derivatives Regulator

The budget of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission would be cut by 15 percent, or $30 million, under a measure passed by the U.S. House.

The Republican spending bill approved today would reduce the agency’s budget to $172 million from its current level of $202 million. The CFTC is responsible for writing most of the new rules to govern derivatives trades made by banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley.