CFPB Rescinds Kraninger’s Policy on ‘Abusive Acts or Practices’

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced it plans to change a Trump Administration policy and that it will now take enforcement and supervisory actions as a result of abusive acts or practices. It will no longer follow the policy instituted by former Director Kathy Kraninger that significantly narrowed the definition of “abusive acts or practices” and thus avoided enforcement actions under those terms. The new policy will take effect the day it is published in the Federal Register.

GOP Senators Push Legislation to Prevent ‘Operation Choke Point’

Republican senators this week introduced legislation that would prohibit large banks and credit unions from refusing to provide banking services to legal businesses. It is an attempt to prevent the Biden Administration from restarting Operation Choke Point, an Obama Administration project that was intended to hold financial institutions accountable for processing known fraudulent transactions. Republicans worry that approach would allow banks to avoid providing services to gun-related businesses and other controversial business ventures.

Kraninger Attempting to Keep Imprint on CFPB Even if She Is Fired

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathleen Kraninger has appointed five new members of her executive team, less than two months before she can expect to be removed from her position by the new president. In addition, she released a new advisory opinion policy that the new administration may not like. The Trump Administration is trying to make the CFPB more corporate-friendly before the Biden Administration takes over and attempts to return it to a strict regulatory agency protecting consumers.

Watchdog Group Calls for Overhaul of Two CFPB Rules

The incoming Biden Administration must “urgently” act to reverse the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s payday lending and debt collection rules, the government watchdog group, Accountable.US said last week. “Over the course of the past four years, the Trump administration has enacted corrupt and harmful policies across environmental, immigration, economic, and many other issues for special interests, many with close ties to the Trump administration, that will negatively impact generations of Americans,” the group said, in announcing the first five rules it wants the administration to overhaul. “To help reverse the damage done, we’re tracking key policies that the next administration