WASHINGTON — Sen. Charles Schumer joined current and former chairmen of the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday to urge lawmakers to keep a self-funding provision for the SEC in financial regulatory reform legislation that is inching its way to a vote in the Senate.

The New York Democrat, who sits on the Senate Banking Committee, said in a call with reporters that self-funding for the SEC is “one of the top three or four things” that Congress can do to prevent a future financial crisis from occurring.

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