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by Progress Illinois
Tue Jan 3, 2012

Op-Ed: President Needs To Use Recess Power, Otherwise Consumer Financial Watchdog Has No Teeth

The following is an op-ed from Celeste Meiffren, field director for Illinois PIRG.

Since July 21, the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB – a centerpiece of the 2010 Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act --  has been up and running. It’s the nation’s first federal financial regulator with only one job—protecting consumers from unfair financial practices. Yet, until the bureau has a director, it does not gain all of its new authority to protect the public.

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Fri Jul 22, 2011

Big Banks, Wall Street Win Big This Week

It’s been a great week for big banks and corporate giants -- and a bad week for consumers and ordinary citizens everywhere.

The U.S. House passed a bill that cuts into the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and here in Illinois, Attorney General Lisa Madigan was named one of the main negotiators working with big banks for immunity in civil courts over foreclosure law suits. Read more »

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Tue Jul 12, 2011

Major Pro-Consumer Financial Reforms Take Shape This Month

Nearing the one-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the most vital part of it will soon be up and running. On July 21, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, tasked with regulating the act, will formally open up shop. The agency will serve as a watchdog against financial institutions -- and the Republicans who back them. Many of those conservatives are continuing their efforts to limit the bureau's power.

One major pro-consumer reform hailing from the Dodd-Frank act will make creditors more accountable for their lending decisions by forcing them to disclose the reasons why they rejected a consumer’s loan or credit card application or gave them unfavorable terms like high interest rates.
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