Congress should push CFPB to focus on bad actors, not credit unions

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has missed many opportunities to leverage credit unions’ mission, CUNA, AACUL, and the Leagues wrote to the House Committee on Financial Services on Tuesday.

“We encourage the Bureau to consistently engage industry stakeholders in its policy-setting processes. It is impossible for the Bureau to fulfill its mission, ’to make consumer financial markets work for consumers, responsible providers, and the economy as a whole,’ if its leadership does not take the time to hear the concerns and priorities of the entities subject to its rulemaking and supervision,” the letter said.

CUNA and the Leagues called out the disproportionate effect that the Bureau’s one-size-fits-all approach to regulation has on financial cooperatives like credit unions, noting the policy’s role in speeding consolidation and reducing consumer access.

In a separate letter to the committee, CUNA called on lawmakers to push the CFPB to reduce the regulatory burden that the Bureau places on community financial institutions like credit unions. Specifically, CUNA noted that by diverting resources from smaller local institutions with a track record of doing right by people, the CFPB will free up resources to go after the bad actors that it was created to police: large too-big-to-fail banks.


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