All 23 opposed were Democrats.
The legislation would lift some Securities and Exchange Commission rules, allowing more companies to sell stock without having to register with the oversight agency and pay for costly accounting reports. Supporters say the measure would give small companies greater access to capital and make them more likely to hire new employees.
But Sarbanes and Edwards said that those requirements protect investors by creating transparency in the markets. Sarbanes-Oxley was approved in the wake of the Enron and
"The so-called JOBS Act is a bonanza for Wall Street when our focus should be creating jobs on Main Street," Sarbanes said in a statement. "It treats billion dollar companies like small businesses and opens loopholes for them to cook their books -- we've seen this movie before and we shouldn't write a sequel."
The legislation "should not be confused for a jobs bill," her spokesman, Benjamin Gerdes, said in a statement. "It misdiagnoses the challenges our economy faces in exchange for sweeping rollbacks of investor protections and transparency in our capital markets."