15 06, 2023


2023-06-15T16:36:26-04:00June 15th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Bipartisan Cash-Acceptance Bill Reintroduced

The chairman of Senate Foreign Relations and Banking Committee member Menendez (D-NJ) yesterday reintroduced bipartisan legislation (S. 1984) along with Rep. Payne (D-NJ) (H.R. 4128) to require retail businesses to accept cash for in-person transactions.

CFPB Renews Mortgage-Servicing Rewrite

In a blog post today, CFPB Director Chopra highlighted an issue that failed to come up at hearings earlier  this week (see Client Report CONSUMER51): mortgage servicing.

Senate Democrats Focus On P2P Consumer Protection

Reflecting recent CFPB concerns and a consumer warning, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Brown (D-OH) along with Sens. Reed (D-RI), Warren (D-MA), and Menendez (D-NJ) today sent letters to the CEOs of PayPal and Cash App requesting consumer-fraud and scam data as well as steps the companies are taking to protect consumers.

IMF Sees Regional-Bank Risk, Urges Fast Action

The IMF’s financial-stability report for the United States today details recent macroeconomic-, fiscal-, monetary-, and financial-policy developments, with the Fund’s executive directors (including that of the U.S.) emphasizing in response the need to prioritize inflation-fighting over fiscal tightening.

FHFA Housing Equity Session Provides Little Insight

We had intended to listen through today’s FHFA equitable finance listening session, but its opening indicated that it will not address the pending regulatory rewrite.


18 05, 2022


2023-02-21T14:36:00-05:00May 18th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

ILC Restrictions Hit Speedbump

The House Financial Services Committee today attempted to markup H.R. 5912 (Garcia, D-IL), a bill that would subject ILCs and their parent companies to BHC regulation (see FSM Report ILC13).  Reflecting concerns about the bill’s grandfather provisions, Rep. Garcia introduced an amendment to the bill that would subject commercial entities looking to acquire an ILC to prior FSOC review.

Barr Highlights Crypto Rules, Equity Ahead of Hearing

Although we will provide clients tomorrow with an in-depth assessment of his confirmation hearing, Michael Barr’s testimony confirms that he will take a different approach to financial regulation than his predecessor, Randy Quarles.  His very brief statement emphasizes the need for innovation to come with regulation and for it to advance fairness.

Bill Requiring Cash Acceptance Reported to House

The House Financial Services Committee today reported H.R. 4395 (Payne, D-NJ), a bill that requires all businesses to accept cash payments for transactions under $2000, by a vote of 32-17.  The panel added an amendment from Rep. Garcia (D-TX) to clarify that only businesses with a physical location are covered.


13 05, 2022


2023-02-21T15:16:59-05:00May 13th, 2022|3- This Week|

Mark-Up Mayhem

On Tuesday, the House Financial Services Committee will meet in open, hybrid session to have another go at each other.  The increasingly nasty mood was in relative abeyance when Secretary Yellen testified last week (see Client Report FSOC27), but it was on full display later in the day when Republicans launched a full-bore attack against Acting Comptroller Hsu and earlier in the week when what should have been a staid session on the credit-rating agencies became a sparring match between Chairwoman Waters (D-CA) and Rep. Huizenga (R-MI) over who controls the Committee’s agenda.  None of these ill feelings has dissipated and all will be in clear view when the panel meets to report several high-profile, controversial measures.


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