U.S. House Agriculture Committee members voted to advance legislation to delay Dodd-Frank Act rules governing the derivatives market until the end of 2012.

The Republican proposal was approved today in a 25-20 party-line vote during a committee meeting in Washington. The bill, aimed at giving regulators more time to write rules and avoid unintended consequences, would revise Dodd-Frank requirements that most new derivatives regulations be completed by mid-July. Regulators have said some of the deadlines will slip until later this year.

"It doesn't water the bill down and it's not a kill tactic," said Frank D. Lucas, the Oklahoma Republican who leads the Agriculture Committee. "It provides an additional 18 months for rulemaking."

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