NCUA Board Approves Final Field of Membership Rule at July Board Meeting

The National Credit Union Administration board on Thursday approved a final Field of Membership rule that had been delayed as a result of a lawsuit filed by the American Bankers Association.

The board unanimously agreed to allow a credit union to file an application to designate a Combined Statistical Area, or a contiguous portion of it, as a well-defined local community. To qualify, that area would be required to have a population of under 2.5 million people.

Citing Supreme Court Decision, CFPB Director Kraninger ‘Ratifies’ Past Agency Actions

Saying she wanted to provide the public with “certainty” about Consumer Financial Protection Bureau actions following a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Director Kathleen Kraninger last week ratified virtually all agency rules and policies. “The Bureau is taking action to ensure that consumers and market participants understand that the same rules continue to govern the consumer financial marketplace,” Kraninger said. Agency officials said the ratification was done “out of an abundance of caution,” following the recent Supreme Court decision that found the agency’s structure unconstitutional. The court said that the single-director structure was unconstitutional because the director could only be

Former Rep. Barney Frank: Dodd-Frank Has Held Up ‘Pretty Well’

Ten years after President Obama signed the (Dodd-Frank) Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the law has “held up pretty well,” former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said Tuesday. Speaking at a virtual conference co-sponsored by the Brookings Institution and the University of Michigan, Frank said that Republican members of Congress have attempted to repeal the Obama Administration’s health overhaul bill “every other week,” but have not mounted a serious attempt to repeal Dodd-Frank. “It was too popular,” Frank said. Obama signed Dodd-Frank on July 21, 2010. The law is informally named after Frank, who chaired the House Financial Services

Supreme Court Ruling Creates More Uncertainty for CFPB’s Future

Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upending the leadership structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau did little to quell the arguments over the controversial agency and its work.

For credit union trade group and critics of the agency, the ruling did not go far enough since it did not rule the single-director structure unconstitutional. They said they hope the decision will increase the chance that Congress will enact legislation converting the agency into a commission.