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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Testimony: AFR Policy Director Marcus Stanley Testifies to HFSC On Deregulatory Bills
December 7, 2017 – 5:58 pm

AFR Policy Director Marcus Stanley testified to the Financial Institutions subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee on five pieces of proposed legislation.
Written Testimony:
Marcus Stanley Testimony To House Financial Services FI Subcommittee December 7 2017 …

Testimony: AFR Policy Director Marcus Stanley Testifies to Maryland Financial Regulatory Commission
December 5, 2017 – 2:10 pm

AFR policy director Marcus Stanley testified to the Maryland Financial Consumer Protection Commission on progress in financial regulation
Testimony Before Maryland Financial Consumer Protection Commission — Marcus Stanley
AGENDA and VIDEO (See December 5th Meeting):
http://dls.maryland.gov/policy-areas/maryland-financial-consumer-protection-commission
 

AFR/TOWS Statement: Senate Republican Tax Bill a Gift to Wall Street
December 5, 2017 – 10:02 am

On Friday, Senate Republicans passed a bill with some $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, overwhelmingly weighted to the wealthiest Americans. The bill lavishes tax cuts on Wall Street banks, on executives who can manipulate their legal status to obtain a lower tax rate, and on operations in foreign tax havens. In contrast, ordinary Americans earning wages and salaries receive very limited benefits, and in many cases will see their taxes increased.

Letter To Congress: Reject S 2155 — A Gift to Bank Lobbyists
December 4, 2017 – 10:23 am

AFR sent a letter urging Senators to reject S 2155, which contains some two dozen deregulatory gifts to bank lobbyists and only minimal consumer benefits
AFR Opposition Letter to S 2155

Joint Letter: More than 50 Organizations Oppose “Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act”
December 1, 2017 – 2:47 pm

“This bill would undermine already vulnerable homeowners by stripping away protections created by Congress and implemented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). These protections were put in place for a reason: to give manufactured-homeowners the same protections as traditional homeowners.”

AFR Statement: House Bill to Reauthorize the Higher Education Act opens the floodgates to waste, fraud, and abuse
December 1, 2017 – 2:13 pm
AFR Statement: House Bill to Reauthorize the Higher Education Act opens the floodgates to waste, fraud, and abuse

Today, Rep. Virginia Foxx, Chairwoman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, introduced a bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA) that includes language that opens the floodgates to waste, fraud, and abuse by for-profit colleges.

AFR Statement: Congressional Move Is a Sellout to Payday Loansharks
December 1, 2017 – 1:18 pm

“Attempts to roll back this protection for consumers are nothing more than a sellout to the predatory payday lenders who want to continue to enrich themselves by trapping people in a painful cycle of debt. Congress should reject this and other attempts by payday lenders to undo a common sense rule based on the common sense principle of ability to repay.”

AFR Statement: English is Rightful Acting Director While Courts Rule on CFPB Leadership
November 27, 2017 – 6:01 pm

In the meantime, the CFPB still has work to do holding Wall Street to account on behalf of American consumers, and Ms. English and the CFPB staff can continue its successful run. Now, the president should nominate someone with a track record of fighting for consumers who will enjoy bipartisan support in the Senate.