AFREF joined partner organizations to express concerns about the grave risks stablecoins pose to households and our financial system and urged the Committee to take the utmost care to not advance legislation that will increase these risks by expanding the reach of stablecoins without providing adequate protections. The letter highlights many elements that make the bill inefficient in providing adequate protections for consumers, investors, and financial markets.
Congressional Republicans have moved on to their next target for financial deregulation: Republicans in Congress and the consumer finance industry want to eliminate or hobble the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The agency has provided $16 billion in restitution or cancelled debt to 192 million consumers since the agency began operation in 2010. It’s one of the few institutions, public or private, that has earned Americans’ confidence in a long time.
Letter to Regulators: Silicon Valley Bank Failure Demonstrates the Need to Implement Key Executive Pay Rule, Dodd-Frank Section 956
AFREF, the Institute for Policy Studies, Global Economy Project, and Public Citizen led a letter with 22 additional signatories to the agencies tasked with implementing section 956 of Dodd-Frank. That section tasked six agencies with promulgating regulations to prevent incentive-based executive compensation that encourages “inappropriate risk” by May 2011. Almost 12 years later, we don’t have a final rule. The letter was sent to regulators ahead of congressional hearings that will examine recent bank failures.
AFR joined a letter urging appropriators to make bold new investments in the Pell Grant program.
AFR and partners submitted a letter to the House Financial Services Committee in opposition to the TABS Act.
Washington, D.C. – The House vote to nullify the Department of Labor rule that protects workers and their life savings today is further proof that too many members of Congress will continue to do everything in their power to protect corporate interests—including fossil fuel companies looking to postpone the inevitable decarbonization of the economy.
Letters to Congress: Defend the Department of Labor Rule that Safeguards Workers’ Retirement Security
AFR and Public Citizen led a letter to members of Congress, urging them to oppose a Congressional Review Act Resolution seeking to nullify the Department of Labor’s important new rule that safeguards workers’ retirement security. Over sixty organizations signed on to the letter.
AFR’s Advocacy and Legislative Director Renita Marcellin testified before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Monetary Policy on revamping and revitalizing banking in the 21st Century.
A new report providing a snapshot of how every member of Congress voted on consumer protections, climate financial regulation, Wall Street, and financial industry legislative measures during the 117th Congress.
AFR and Demand Progress led a group of consumer advocates and public interest organizations to send this letter to Congress, asking Members to take a more deliberative and systemic approach to advancing policies to regulate digital assets. The letter urged Congress to resist pursuing legislative proposals compromised by crypto industry influence or that do not adequately address the systemic problems found within the digital asset industry. Instead, the signers called on Congress to empower financial regulators to use their existing authorities and prioritize consumer and investor protection over the digital asset industry’s largely unproven promises.