A bipartisan group of Congressmen introduced a bill designed to “clarify that true derivatives end-users are exempt from the margin requirements” under Dodd-Frank. The Business Risk Mitigation and Price Stabilization Act of 2011 (H.R. 2682) would expressly exempt end-users, i.e., “companies that use derivatives to manage an actual business risk” of over-the-counter (OTC) derivative hedging transactions from legally prescribed margin posting requirements under Dodd-Frank. The text of the bill is available by clicking here. Separately, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, in a letter to regulators, expressed his concerns over recent regulatory proposals that could increase the collateral and margin requirements on end-users of OTC derivatives utilized to hedge commercial risk. In addition, the chairman requested the regulators to provide additional information and answer 19 specific questions on the proposed regulations by August 5, 2011. The text of this letter is available from the CFTC’s website.