H.R. 2289 would authorize appropriations to operate the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) through 2019 and to make changes in some of the agency’s operating procedures. The bill also would amend the Commodity Exchange Act to provide greater protections for customer funds held by entities that broker transactions in commodity futures and to relax requirements on certain participants in swap transactions. (A swap is a contract that calls for an exchange of cash between two participants, based on an underlying rate or index or on the performance of an asset.)
CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2289 would cost $1.1 billion over the 2016-2020 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts. CBO expects that enacting H.R. 2289 would affect direct spending; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. However, CBO estimates that those effects would not be significant. Enacting H.R. 2289 would not affect revenues.
H.R. 2289 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.