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Republicans Ought to Be All for ESG

Investing in a free-market economy involves choice. There are 8,000 securities listed on U.S. stock exchanges alone. Investors take many different factors into account when evaluating their investment decisions. Three such factors—environmental, social and governance, also known as ESG—have recently gotten a lot of attention from some more conservative Republicans, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

In the House, Republicans just passed a bill that would reverse a Labor Department rule recognizing that retirement fiduciaries may use ESG when evaluating investments. That bill will soon come before the Senate. I will strongly oppose this ill-considered proposal.

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