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News Release: Crypto Industry Pressure Fails to Secure Veto Override on Harmful Deregulatory Resolution

The cryptocurrency industry’s lobbying efforts and hundreds of millions in campaign spending failed to generate enough congressional support to override President Biden’s veto of the Republican House’s effort to roll back Securities and Exchange Commission guidance designed to reduce the risks crypto assets can pose to investors and the market. Consumer protection advocates welcomed the vote as a good outcome for investor protection.

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News Release: CFPB Proposed Rule Requiring Language Access in Mortgage Servicing Will Help Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure

The Language Access Task Force of Americans for Financial Reform, a coalition of fair housing and civil rights organizations, applauds Wednesday’s announcement from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposing rules that would ensure that borrowers with limited English proficiency (LEP) have a meaningful opportunity to seek assistance from their mortgage companies in times of distress, helping them stay in their homes. The proposal, which includes additional improvements to the general hardship assistance process, follows a petition from the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) urging the Bureau to include language access in the mortgage rule.

Letters to Congress: Support the Nomination of Kristin N. Johnson to Serve as Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions

AFR and coalition members signed onto a letter urging the Senate to support the nomination of Kristin N. Johnson to Serve as Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions at the Department of the Treasury. Johnson is a highly accomplished scholar of financial regulation, and has ably worked with stakeholders as a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission promote market stability and integrity, and protect market participants and investors from misleading, deceptive, or fraudulent practices.

Letters to Congress: Support the Nomination of Christy Goldsmith Romero to be Chair and Member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

AFR and coalition members signed onto a letter urging the Senate to support the nomination of Christy Goldsmith Romero to be Chair and Member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Goldsmith Romero led the office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program and has decades of experience regulating financial institutions and markets, broad and deep knowledge of the financial system, and a record of commitment to the public interest.

Letters to Congress: Support the Nomination of Caroline A. Crenshaw to Serve as a Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

AFR and coalition members signed onto a letter urging the Senate to support the nomination of Caroline A. Crenshaw to Serve as a Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for another term. Commissioner Crenshaw was unanimously confirmed in 2020 and her distinguished service at the SEC fully justified this Senate support. Crenshaw has worked tirelessly and skillfully with all stakeholders to advance the mission of the SEC.

Blog: Progressive Democrats Call for Stronger CHIPS Subsidy Guardrails to Prevent Wasteful Stock Buyback Spending

Our report found that CEOs with preliminary CHIPS agreements are sitting on company stock holdings worth more than $2.7 billion ($306 million on average). In other words, these executives are positioned to reap huge personal windfalls from share price pops related to continued buyback spending. President Biden has spoken out repeatedly against wasteful stock buybacks and his economic agenda centers on an industrial policy to create good jobs and long-term prosperity, particularly for communities and workers who’ve been left behind. 

News Release: New Report Shows Need for Buyback Restrictions in CHIPS Program

The report from the Institute for Policy Studies and the Americans for Financial Reform Education Fund, Maximizing the Benefits of the CHIPS Program, analyzes the distribution of the $39 billion in subsidies for semiconductor manufacturing under the 2022 CHIPS and Science Act. It also examines the Biden administration’s initial steps to stop taxpayer money from going to share buybacks by granting preferential treatment to firms that agree to forgo all stock buybacks for five years.

Report: Maximizing the Benefits of the CHIPS program

AFREF, in partnership with the Institute for Policy Studies, has released a report on the 2022 CHIPS and Science Act’s $39 billion in subsidies for semiconductor manufacturing, and specifically on the Biden administration’s decision to grant preferential treatment in the awarding of these subsidies to firms that agree to forgo all stock buybacks for five years.

News Release: Supreme Court Expands Power of Right-Wing Judges to Hamper Regulation

Today’s Supreme Court ruling in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo will give judges who are already concocting ridiculous reasons to strike down sensible protections, particularly in the notoriously pro-industry Fifth Circuit, greater leeway to strike down common-sense measures that protect people and communities. With Loper Bright in hand, judges are required to “exercise their independent judgment” when deciding whether an agency has acted within its statutory authority, even if judges lack the necessary expertise, and even if that judge might prefer deference to agency decisions. 

News Release: Supreme Court’s Ruling Against In-House Judicial Experts Threatens Enforcement

Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court curbing the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) ability to hear complicated cases in front of expert administrative judges will drive litigation into the federal courts where companies and lobbyists will be able to, as they increasingly do, shop around for a pro-industry judge. Today’s 6-3 Supreme Court ruling in SEC v. Jarkesy now gives businesses and wrongdoers more Constitutional rights than most consumers and employees in America and sets a bad precedent by chipping away at an agency’s ability to meaningfully hold corporations accountable.