iWASHINGTON — In technical terms, Congress handed regulators the baton a while ago to implement a crackdown on proprietary trading. But as the federal agencies grapple with turning the so-called Volcker Rule into regulation, the process seems almost like a joint effort between two branches of government.

Congressional influence in implementation of laws is not new, especially with the bigger reforms of the Dodd-Frank Act. But the Volcker Rule is shaping up to be a case study of lawmakers continuing to sound off on an issue that is technically no longer under their purview.

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