The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) had a busy first quarter of 2017 defending itself. In Q4 of 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled the CFPB “unconstitutionally structured”. In Q1 of this year, the CFPB began the appeal process and it’s not looking too good for them.
Among those supporting the unconstitutional ruling are:
- The Department of Justice (DOJ)
- 15 state Attorneys General
- American Financial Services Association (AFSA)
The DOJ stated that the ruling should be upheld in its entirety, including the remedy to give President Trump full authority to remove the CFPB’s director at will. In addition, the AFSA submitted a list of other suggested regulatory reforms for the CFPB to the Trump administration.
While the CFPB has been granted a rehearing of the initial case that determined the unconstitutional ruling, the regulatory agency has still had its powers significantly curbed, specifically in the case of Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. Continue reading