Duffy, Neugebauer & 40+ Lawmakers to CFPB: Proposed Rules Will Hurt Neediest Among Us

Dec 2, 2016Press Release

Washington D.C. – House Financial Services Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Sean Duffy and Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee Chairman Randy Neugebauer were joined by more than 40 of their colleagues in expressing concern to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director, Richard Cordray, over the agency’s proposed rules regarding payday, vehicle title, and certain high-cost installment loans. In a letter to Director Cordray, the lawmakers said in part:

“By the CFPB’s own admission, under these rules, lenders will lose up to 75 percent of their revenue which will put most out of business, yet does not suggest where consumers should turn to fulfill their short term credit needs.  As you are well aware, the need for credit does not simply disappear.  Access to credit has, and will continue to be, critical to millions of Americans.  In fact, the Federal Reserve reported last year that nearly 47 percent of all American consumers could not cover a $400 emergency. Consumers use short term credit to cover unexpected expenses, or to fill the gaps in irregular income.  To take what is often times the only lawful option available to make ends meet away from individuals without offering an alternative is irresponsible and is in direct conflict of the CFPB’s mission to ‘make consumer financial markets work for consumers, responsible providers, and the economy as a whole.’”

To read the letter in its entirety, and to see a complete list of signees,  click here.