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US Senator Pat Toomey asked the Government Accountability Office the investigative arm of Congress if the guidelines rose to the level of formal rules.

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Senator Toomey asked the GAO to decide whether the leveraged lending guidelines, created after canada goose clearance the financial crisis, rose to the level of regulations that fall under the Act.

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