President Biden’s renomination of Jerome Powell to chair the Federal Reserve Board is a major disappointment to those of us who have fought for tougher regulation of Wall Street as a key tool for protecting financial stability and building a more just and sustainable economy.
Statement: The House-Passed Build Back Better Act is the First Step Next, it Must be Paid for by the Rich and Corporations
Today, the House passed the Build Back Better Act, sending historic investments in white, Black and Brown working people to the Senate.
In The News: Who’s Afraid of Saule Omarova? How a Joe Biden nominee became the target of a ludicrous red-baiting campaign.
“The administration settled on a smart person with a background in the banking industry and in government as well as path-breaking scholarship on financial regulation,” said Carter Dougherty, a spokesperson for Americans for Financial Reform. “In less polarized times, somebody appointed by a Democratic president who worked for a previous Republican administration and for a Wall Street firm would be the kind of candidate everyone can agree on. But we’re at a moment where a candidate acceptable to Wall Street is a candidate that does the bidding of Wall Street. And that’s not acceptable to the public interest.”
Letters to the Administration: Letter Urging OMB and OIRA to Implement the January 20th Memo on Modernizing Regulatory Review
AFREF joined a letter urging the Biden Administration to immediately begin the process of implementing reforms outlined in the January 20th memo on “Modernizing Regulatory Review.”
Letters to Congress: Letter in Support of the Build Back Better Provision that Limits the Pell Grant Increase to Students Attending Public and Non-Profit Colleges
AFR joined a letter to Congress in support of the provision in Build Back Better that limits the Pell grant increase to students attending public and non-profit colleges, excluding for-profit schools.
News Release: Bipartisan Legislation Would Expand Military Lending Act Protections on Payday Loans to Veterans and Civilians Alike
Americans for Financial Reform supports the introduction of the Veterans and Consumers Fair Credit Act of 2021. This legislation would extend the 36 percent APR cap on payday and car-title loans in the Military Lending Act (MLA) to cover all borrowers.
AFR joined a letter to Congress supporting Senator Blumenthal’s amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to ban forced arbitration for service members suffering financial and employment abuse.
A new Government Accountability Office report confirms several conclusions in AFR’s initial analysis of the Opportunity Zones program.
Letters to Regulators: Federal Insurance Office Request for Information on the Insurance Sector and Climate-Related Financial Risks
AFREF sent a letter to the Treasury’s Federal Insurance Office (FIO) on how the agency can coordinate with state insurance regulators and insurers to have the necessary data, supervisory framework, and prudential regulation in a world where climate-related losses continue to rise and pose risks to the entire financial system.
The Sierra Club, Americans for Financial Reform Education Fund, and Public Citizen released an analysis of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) report on climate-related financial risk. The analysis outlines the report’s disappointing lack of urgency and details the missed opportunities to chart a comprehensive course