January 12, 2010
Tough Times Ahead for the CFPA...
The reform bill passed by the House before Christmas (H.R. 4173) would establish a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency. As was noted at the time of its approval, the CFPA's jurisdiction would not reach entities regulated by the S.E.C. or banks with more than $10 billion in assets. As described by Paul Krugman of The New York Times last week ("Bubbles and Banks"), the agency - even in its scaled back form - would "help stop deceptive lending practices."
The agency is far from a done deal. H.R. 4173 passed in the House by a mere 21 votes; faltering support among Democrat Senators foretells of further concessions, at the least. Last Fall, a group of over 70 law professors submitted a letter of support for the new agency. Interested parties can follow the fate of the agency at the Consumer Law & Policy Blog, found at www.clpblog.org .
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