What’s Next For McHenry Privacy Bill
As we anticipated yesterday, HFSC reported H.R. 1165, Chairman McHenry’s privacy bill, on a party-line vote of 26-21. Discussions this morning lead us to conclude that Mr. McHenry plans to consider additional changes that could be made via a manager’s amendment when bringing the bill to the House floor given that its fate there is uncertain given the GOP’s slim majority.
CFPB Targets Public-Benefits Finance
The CFPB today published a “spotlight” examining numerous fees it says “erode” public benefit programs delivered through various financial products. Focusing in particular on prepaid cards, the spotlight states that the Bureau will monitor and may take action against entities violating consumer protection laws in the delivery of cash assistance. This comes following a major enforcement action in this area against Bank of America and reports of others pending against large banks.
Treasury Sets Out Steps Seemingly Towards A U.S. CBDC
Following up the President’s executive order on digital assets (see Client Report CRYPTO26) and Treasury’s subsequent report (see Client Report CBDC14), Under-Secretary Nellie Liang today outlined next steps leading to the Administration’s decision about CBDC benefits that will strongly guide the Fed’s CBDC final call. Ms. Liang details how CBDC and FedNow each have benefits, describing how CBDCs generally work and could function in the U.S.