Senate panel approves Massad to head CFTC

By The Associated Press | Posted - Apr 8th, 2014 @ 9:01am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice to head an agency overseeing some of the riskiest corners of the financial world has moved closer to Senate confirmation.

The Senate Agriculture Committee voted Tuesday to approve the nomination of Timothy Massad as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and sent it to the full Senate.

Massad said at his recent confirmation hearing that he would act aggressively against market misconduct to ensure investors' confidence.

The CFTC regulates futures and options markets, and trading in derivatives, complex investments which were blamed for helping ignite the 2008 financial crisis.

Massad oversaw the Treasury Department's bank bailout program launched in response to the crisis.

The committee also approved two Obama nominees to fill vacancies on the five-member CFTC: securities lawyer Sharon Bowen and brokerage executive J. Christopher Giancarlo.

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