Congressman Luetkemeyer Proposes Bill to Eliminate “Abusive” in CFPB’s UDAAP Authority

Recently, Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) introduced H.R. 5112, the Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices Uniformity Act, to make the authority of the CFPB and FTC more consistent and similar, and to encourage greater communication among regulators. Specifically, the Act would amend Section 1031 of the Dodd-Frank Act by removing the CFPB’s ability to regulate “abusive” conduct from its current authority to regulate “unfair, deceptive or abusive” acts or practices (UDAAP). In addition, the bill would insert the following language at the end of Section 1031: “[i]n prescribing any rule under this subsection, the Bureau shall comply with the requirements of section 18 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 57a) applicable to the Federal Trade Commission when the Commission prescribes rules and general statements of policy under that section with respect to unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce.”

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House Passes Private Flood Insurance Bill by Unanimous Vote

On April 28, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act (H.R. 2901) by a unanimous vote of 419-0. The bill, which was introduced in June 2015 by Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, and co-sponsor Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, is intended to encourage the use of private flood insurance. The bill, among other changes:

(i) Amends the definition of “private flood insurance” to, among other changes, remove the requirements that a private flood insurance policy include deductibles, exclusions, conditions, cancellation provisions, and mortgage interest (i.e., loss payee) clauses comparable to National Flood Insurance Program (“NFIP”) policies. The amended definition of “private flood insurance” would only require that the policy (1) be issued by an insurance company that is approved to provide insurance in the state where the building is located, and (2) provide flood insurance in compliance with that state’s laws.      Read more…

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House Financial Services Committee Advances Legislation that would Amend the Dodd-Frank Act

On April 13, the House Financial Services Committee voted by a 33-20 margin to advance H.R. 1486, the “Taking Account of Bureaucrats’ Spending Act.” The Act would amend the Dodd-Frank Act to strike provisions that allow for direct funding from Federal Reserve earnings to the CFPB. Supporters of the Act comment that it simply holds the CFPB accountable to Congressional oversight, subjecting it to the more conventional appropriations process, while those in opposition to the Act argue that it aims to defund, or dismantle, the CFPB.

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Congress Passes Bill to Extend Foreclosure Protection Element of the SCRA

On March 21, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S.B. 2393, which extends through 2017 the provision of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act’s (SCRA) that protects servicemembers against foreclosure without a court order or waiver for one year following completion of their service. On January 1, 2016, the foreclosure protection provision reverted back to the period of active duty military service plus 90 days, rather than the period of active duty military service plus one year. Upon the President’s signature, the SCRA’s protection against foreclosure without a court order or waiver will return to the period of active duty military service plus one year through December 31, 2017.       

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Obama Administration’s FY 2017 Budget Proposal Makes Room for Small Dollar Loan Program

This week, the Obama Administration released the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Proposal. President Obama’s proposed budget for the Department of the Treasury would, through the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, reserve at least $10 million until September 30, 2018 to provide grants for loan loss reserve funds and to provide technical assistance for small dollar loan programs under section 1206 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The Small Dollar Loan Program, according to the budget proposal, “will support broader access to safe and affordable financial products and provide an alternative to predatory lending by encouraging CDFIs to establish and maintain small dollar loan programs.” Earlier this year, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), in a letter to the President, requested that the FY 2017 budget proposal prioritize funding for small dollar loan programs, as outlined in Title XII – Improving Access to Mainstream Financial Institutions – of the Dodd-Frank Act.     Read more…

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