Agencies feel the hot breath of regulators as reform bill clears Congress

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New legislation aimed at increasing transparency and competition among rating agencies was signed into law by President George Bush on September 29, after passing both houses of Congress with overwhelming support.

Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick, a Republican from Pennsylvania who sponsored the original bill in the House, said at the signing: "In light of the mistakes S&P and Moody's made by telling investors that Enron and WorldCom were safe investments just days before they filed for bankru

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