Dodd-Frank Reforms Will Lower Deficit by $3.2B Over the Next Decade, Estimates CBO

According to the Congressional Budget Office, between 2010 and 2010 the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act will lower the federal deficit by $3.2 billion as it takes in more money than what will go toward enforcement and implementation. CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf released the cost projection at a recent House Financial Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on the reform law.

Although Dodd-Frank will require $10.2 billion in direct spending over the next decade, it will take in $13.4 billion, said Elmendorf. He said that revenues would come mainly from fees assessed on different financial institutions and participants as new rules determine how financial firms can do business and what it will cost them.

The Government Accountability Office has said it could cost over $1 billion to implement Dodd-Frank, a bill that nearly all House Republicans were against. CBO said that even though Dodd-Frank calls for $37.8 billion in spending, savings that the law creates will lower that amount by $27.6 billion, which equals the $10.2 billion projection for final spending. Also, federal deposit insurance changes will lower costs by $16.3 billion and lower TARP authority by $11 billion.

CBO also noted that to create new agencies, including the Financial Stability Oversight Council, Office of Financial Research, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Office of National Research, the government will spend $6.3 billion. It will also spend $100 million to change the current oversight structure, as well as $1.5 billion for subsidies to assist homeowners in foreclosure. A liquidation program for insolvent financial entities is expected to cost $20.3 billion.

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CBO Says Dodd-Frank Act Will Reduce U.S. Deficit by $3.2 Billion, Bloomberg, March 30, 2011

CBO Says Dodd-Frank Reforms Will Reduce Deficit by $3.2B Over Decade, BNA Securities Law Daily, March 31, 2011

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