The US Senate voided a rule requiring greater financial transparency in the oil, gas and mining industries by a vote of 52-47. The "Cardin-Lugar amendment," Section 1504 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, requires companies in these industries to disclose payments to governments in the countries where they operate. The resolution voiding the rule has already passed the House. Now the resolution goes to President Trump, who is expected to sign it.
Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious development organization Jubilee USA, releases the following statement:
"We are worried how this action will impact poor and vulnerable communities.
"Congress acted hastily and didn't take the time to understand how this action affects transparency and accountability.
“Now a new rule needs to be developed and we need to be sure it really furthers anti-corruption efforts.”
Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations and 650 faith communities working with 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee USA builds an economy that serves, protects and promotes the participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee USA wins critical global financial reforms and won more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world's poorest people. www.jubileeusa.org