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Associated Press: Trump’s 2018 budget raises questions about a “better than ever” Harvey recovery

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President Donald Trump's hiring and budget plans are raising questions about whether he can deliver the "better-than-ever" recovery he's promised after Hurricane Harvey devastated a swath of the U.S. Gulf Coast. Trump has proposed vast budget cuts and leaving some leadership positions unfilled at agencies involved in disaster management. His Republican allies on Capitol Hill proposed spending some... Read more »

ICYMI: Haunted by Student Debt Past Age 50, New York Times Editorial

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The experience of being crushed by student debt is no longer limited to the young. New federal data shows millions of Americans who are retired or nearing retirement face this burden, as well as the possibility of having their Social Security benefits garnished to make payments. Americans age 60 and older are the fastest-growing age group of student loan debtors. Older debtors, many of whom live h... Read more »

ICYMI: Save consumer protector: Our view, USA Today Editorial

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Richard Cordray deserves to stay director of CFPB. While bankers and their congressional allies fume that a consumer protection agency created after the financial crisis has amassed too much power, the agency keeps on doing what it does so well: putting money back in the pockets of people who’ve been mistreated by big banks, credit card issuers or other financial players. In its six-year existence... Read more »

PHH v. CFPB: Why the Consumer Agency Isn’t Going Anywhere

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Last week, a panel of conservative judges from the D.C. Circuit Court challenged the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is the only federal agency solely dedicated to protecting consumers’ financial interests. Here’s a look at what that decision really means: Don't disarm consumer protection: Our view, USA Today “Despite all their complaints about the new financial cop on... Read more »

ICYMI: Rep. Waters Op-Ed on Forgiving the NFIP Debt

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In a guest column in the Baton Rouge Advocate this week, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, discussed the need for Congress to erase the National Flood Insurance Program’s $23 billion debt so that homeowners and businesses can rely on an affordable and sustainable program to protect them financial in the face of disaster: “I am calling on Con... Read more »

ICYMI: Bashing the Hero in the Wells Fargo Case, New York Times editorial

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has rightly emerged as the hero in the story this month about fraudulent practices at Wells Fargo. The bureau was the lead agency in the investigation of the bank, where some 5,300 employees (now fired) illegally opened millions of unauthorized bank and credit card accounts in customers’ names in order to meet aggressive sales targets. Wells Fargo must pay ... Read more »

Opposition to Chairman Hensarling’s ‘Wrong Choice Act’

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Opposition to Chairman Hensarling’s “Wrong Choice Act” continues to mount: From Advocacy Groups: Hensarling Plan Would Dramatically Weaken Financial Regulation, Americans for Financial Reform Most Americans approve of the reforms in Dodd-Frank and want to see financial regulation made tougher, not weaker … In addition to repealing many of the reform measures adopted in response to the financial cr... Read more »

We Must Build on Wall Street Reform, Not Dismantle It

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It’s been eight years since the financial crisis devastated our economy and six years since Democrats passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act to get us back on the road to recovery. As Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, I’m proud that our efforts have led to financial system that is safer, fairer, and stronger. Under the Obama Administration, we’ve had 76 straight month... Read more »

Yellen rejects key parts of Hensarling regulatory plan

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen Wednesday pushed back on key elements of House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling's proposed overhaul of banking regulations. In response to a question from a lawmaker at a committee hearing, Yellen was critical of doing away with the 2010 Dodd-Frank law's "orderly liquidation authority," the option that regulators have to manage the failure of ... Read more »

ICYMI: Frontline and NPR Investigate Flood Insurance Firms’ Compensation

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On a cold rainy day last fall, dozens of people gathered in a plaza across the street from New Jersey's state Capitol. They held press conferences and slept overnight in lawn chairs. Everyone had come to make the same point: They'd made it through Superstorm Sandy, which hit the shores of New Jersey and New York in October 2012. But three years later, many hadn't made it home. Doug Quinn, a 51-yea... Read more »

ICYMI: Hoyer, Waters, Moore, Heck Send Letter Urging Confirmation of J. Mark McWatters to the Board of the Export-Import Bank

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House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer, along with House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters, Monetary Policy & Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Gwen Moore, and Rep. Denny Heck, today sent a letter to Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby urging action on the confirmation of J. Mark McWatters to a four-year term serving on the Board of the Export-Import Bank. The le... Read more »

Time to curb high fees on retirement accounts

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In 1975, Gerald Ford was president, a first-class stamp cost 10 cents, and 401(k) plans did not exist. Back then, millions of Americans earned a traditional pension after working for decades for one company or industry. This pension provided workers with a guaranteed income stream for the rest of their lives and helped ensure they could enjoy a secure and dignified retirement. For the vast majorit... Read more »

House Democrats call for investigation into anti-CFPB group

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Three top Democratic members of the House Financial Services Committee are asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate a nonprofit group for using their quotes out of context to criticize the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Reps. Maxine Waters, Keith Ellison, and Al Green wrote in a letter to the FTC today that Internet and TV ads from Protect America's Consumers may have violated fed... Read more »

CFPB Commission Hawks Just Want to Neuter Agency

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The week before last, I attended a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee in Washington. I was there with a group of public-interest advocates in a show of support for the work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its director, Richard Cordray, who endured harsh grilling from lawmakers on the panel. Since the CFPB opened its doors, it has directed some of the nation's largest... Read more »

ICYMI: American Banker Says FSC Republicans “Failed Miserably” in Conducting CFPB Hearing

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In a powerful article today, the American Banker took House Financial Services Committee Republicans to task over their shameful questioning of CFPB Director Richard Cordray. Highlights from the article are below: “But if the committee meant to conduct true oversight of an agency so many Republicans clearly detest, it failed miserably.” “Time and again, lawmakers effectively stepped on their own l... Read more »

Racial Disparities Present at Most Bank Regulators, Democrats Allege

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is not alone in having racial disparities in its performance reviews, according to a report issued Thursday by the Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee. The report found that all seven bank, credit union and market regulators displayed significant disparities in employee evaluations, particularly among African-Americans who received lower-tha... Read more »

Waters calls on federal regulators to diversify, attacks Republicans over CFPB

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House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) today announced the findings of a committee investigation into the employment of minorities and women at financial regulators. "Minorities and women remain underrepresented," among employees at financial regulatory agencies, especially in senior positions, Waters said while flanked by members of the Congressional Black, Asi... Read more »

This Christmas, just say ‘No’ to Wall Street gifts

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On Dec. 11, the stop-gap spending measure currently funding the government will expire. But instead of looking for ways to help Main Street and pull America back from a self-imposed budget “cliff,” Republicans in Congress are already planning how to use this year-end deadline as a way to push through Wall Street’s Christmas wish-list. In my role as the ranking Democratic member on the House Financ... Read more »

The Color of Debt: How Collection Suits Squeeze Black Neighborhoods

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ON A RECENT SATURDAY AFTERNOON, the mayor of Jennings, a St. Louis suburb of about 15,000, settled in before a computer in the empty city council chambers. Yolonda Fountain Henderson, 50, was elected last spring as the city’s first black mayor. On the screen was a list of every debt collection lawsuit against a resident of her city, at least 4,500 in just five years. Henderson asked to see her own... Read more »

GE to shift 500 US jobs overseas due to ExIm Bank closure

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General Electric has reignited a political debate over America’s global competitiveness and the future of its Export-Import Bank by announcing it is shifting 500 manufacturing jobs out of the US to countries that provide export finance. US business has been fighting for more than a year to save the ExIm Bank, the government-backed trade finance agency, which lost its ability to extend new loans on... Read more »

Regulatory Rollback Is Wrong for Financial Markets

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Complaints about illiquidity are prompting talk about reforms that are simplistic and even dangerous. For months everyone in financial markets has been talking about liquidity. Some say regulation has killed it, and the answer is to roll back financial reform. The reality is not so simple, and that prescription is dangerous. The marketplace is rapidly evolving. We must address future challenges wi... Read more »

US should toughen bank reforms, says IMF

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The International Monetary Fund has called for the US to defend and strengthen its Dodd-Frank financial reforms, adding fuel to the intense debate over how to balance stability and growth on Wall Street. In its first comprehensive assessment of the American financial system in five years, the IMF said the US needed to toughen regulation to ward off a repeat of the last financial crisis. The interv... Read more »

Federal Bank-Diversity Standards Are Weak: House Dems, Activists

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WASHINGTON — Too little, too late. That is how some consumer groups and lawmakers describe new federal guidelines meant to encourage banks and other financial companies to hire, promote and properly treat racial minorities and other historically disadvantaged groups. The guidelines, issued June 9 and mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, provide a framework for financial institutions to conduct "self-as... Read more »

Big Banks and America's Broken, Two-Tiered Justice System

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In February, federal prosecutors began a 90-day examination to determine whether to bring cases against individuals for their role in the 2008 financial crisis. The deadline for that inquiry passed last month, with the Justice Department failing to hold any individuals accountable for their crimes. Instead, the DOJ announced that it would allow five megabanks to plead guilty to felony fraud charge... Read more »

Lawmakers Push for Review of Waiver Requests From Banks in Forex Probe

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Citing the “criminal behavior” of some of the world’s biggest banks, a group of Democratic lawmakers is asking the Obama administration to take a closer look at the lenders’ actions before granting waivers they are seeking. The legislators want Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to consider the seriousness of the crimes committed by global banks requesting waivers to continue functioning without sign... Read more »



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