Message to Congress: The CFPB Has Our Back!
April 11, 2016 – 4:21 pm | Comments Off on Message to Congress: The CFPB Has Our Back!

What made the latest congressional hearings on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau different from other hearings? A delegation of consumer advocates from around the country wearing lime-green t-shirts that said “Stand Up for the CFPB” and “The CFPB Has My Back.” They were there to remind lawmakers that the great majority of Americans, across party lines, don’t just like the idea of such an agency; they also support the major steps it has taken to bring a sense of fair play to the financial marketplace.

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AFR Statement: Chairman Hensarling’s Erroneous Claim
October 19, 2016 – 3:03 pm

“Contrary to Chairman Hensarling’s pronouncement, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is not subject to onerous executive orders regarding ‘Regulatory Planning and Review.’ The executive orders specifically exclude any agency defined as an ‘independent regulatory agency’ by 44 U.S.C. 3502(5), which lists the CFPB by name. PHH v. CFPB did nothing to change that statutory definition.”

Press Release: U.S. Court of Appeals Rules Against CFPB in Constitutional Challenge
October 11, 2016 – 2:20 pm

“As the CFPB’s work to stop the Wells Fargo’s fraud demonstrated once again, the CFPB is doing exactly what Congress established it to do: serve as an effective enforcer of fair rules of the road to prevent unfair deceptive and abusive financial practices, practices that led to the financial crisis and cost trillions of dollars in lost homes, lost jobs, and lost wealth… Compromising the CFPB’s independence would be a huge gift to Wall Street greed and a loss for consumers. We are hopeful that this erroneous decision will be overturned.”

AFR in the News: Dueling Payday-Lending Campaigns Deluge CFPB With Comments (Wall St. Journal)
October 11, 2016 – 12:39 pm

“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has received about a million public comments… That figure is the highest in the agency’s five-year history… Consumer groups such as the Center for Responsible Lending and Americans for Financial Reform formed an alliance and ran a Twitter campaign using the hashtag #StopTheDebtTrap and shepherded people to a comment site…”

Joint Press Release: Advocates Deliver a Strong Payday Loan Message from Hundreds of Thousands of Americans
October 7, 2016 – 4:28 pm
Joint Press Release: Advocates Deliver a Strong Payday Loan Message from Hundreds of Thousands of Americans

“More than 700 groups carrying the voices of hundreds of thousands of Americans from every state in the union today called on the nation’s consumer financial watchdog to put forth a strong final rule that will truly end the abuses of payday lending… That message was carried in a letter hand-delivered today to CFPB Director Richard Cordray and signed by national, state and community-based organizations representing seniors, faith denominations and clergy, labor and workers, consumers and veterans among others.”

AFR Press Release: More than 400,000 Comments Urge CFPB to Adopt a Strong Payday Rule
October 7, 2016 – 4:11 pm

“Since the release of the Bureau’s proposed rule in June, hundreds of organizations have been gathering comments or borrower stories at faith services, community centers, film screenings, street festivals, concerts, job fairs, and town hall meetings, and through online channels. Major civil rights groups, including the NAACP, the National Council of LaRaza (NCLR), and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), have been deeply involved in these efforts, along with labor unions, social service providers, consumer and small business groups, and advocates for veterans and seniors.”

AFR in the News: Google Said It Would Ban All Payday Loan Ads. It Didn’t. (Intercept)
October 7, 2016 – 3:09 pm

“‘While things have improved it looks like some [lead generators] are, predictably, trying to get around the rules,’ said Gynnie Robnett, Campaign Director for Americans for Financial Reform… This is extremely common for the payday lending industry, whose business model is in some part predicated on skirting regulatory barriers to get high-cost loans into customers’ hands.”

Letter to Regulator: Over 700 National, State and Community Organizations Call for a Strengthened Final Rule on Payday and Car Title Lending
October 7, 2016 – 1:56 pm

We, the undersigned 724 civil rights, consumer, labor, faith, veterans, seniors, business, and community organizations from all 50 states, write to urge that you ensure the current rulemaking concerning payday, car title, and high‐cost installment loans ends the debt trap. A strong rule must be free of loopholes that will allow predatory practices to continue.

PRESS RELEASE: Joint Report Tells Real-Life Stories of Payday Loan Borrowers
October 5, 2016 – 4:55 pm

“More than 400,000 comments asking for a rule on payday lending to be stronger and smarter have flooded in to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) since a draft proposal on the rule was unveiled in June… On a press call today, People’s Action Institute and Americans for Financial Reform released Caught in the Debt Trap, a heart wrenching report that tells the real story about what business as usual means to thousands of borrowers around the country “