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Harvey Miller: Detroit Will Be In Bankruptcy "For A Long Time"
Bill on Bankruptcy: Make-Whole Premiums, Lehman, ResCap
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Republican Senator Mike Crapo, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, sent a letter last week to Department of Education (ED) Secretary Arne Duncan to raise several concerns with the...more
Patent trolls, or more politely, Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs), are firms that collect “license” fees on patent rights by threatening lawsuits. Rarely do NPEs make any products, provide any services or operate any systems...more
Bill aims to impose federal excise tax on sugary drinks.
On July 29, Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced a bill that would tax soda and other sugary drinks. The bill, which would levy an excise tax of one...more
Another letter to the SEC from the Hill challenges the Regulation A+ proposal. This time, the authors question the authority of the SEC in defining “qualified purchaser” as an offeree or purchaser in a Tier 2 Reg A+...more
Industry efforts to persuade the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to clarify its rules under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) recently received support from a group of 15 members of the U.S. House of...more
On July 29, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID) sent a letter to CFPB Director Richard Cordray questioning the CFPB’s authority to...more
On June 18, 2014, CFPB Director Richard Cordray appeared before the House Financial Services Committee to testify about his agency's fifth Semi-Annual Report. As in past hearings, Cordray and House Republicans clashed over...more
Over the past week, members of Congress from both parties have sent several letters to the Department of Education (DOE or ED) regarding its ongoing rulemaking related to the ways higher education institutions request,...more
Following up on his earlier statement about the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in NLRB v. Noel Canning on Richard Cordray’s actions taken prior to his July 16, 2013 confirmation by the Senate as CFPB Director,...more
Three Senate Democrats recently introduced a bill that seeks to hold company executives of a product maker or seller criminally liable for knowingly "failing to inform and warn of serious dangers" associated with a product....more
LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY -
GAO expected to release Report on Big Banks -
On Thursday, July 31, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is expected to release a long awaited report on funding advantages of the...more
Senate Legislative Activity -
The Senate will convene on Monday, July 28, at 2:00 pm. After any leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of Executive Calendar #929—Pamela...more
Last night, the U.S. Senate confirmed Elliot Kaye as the new CPSC Chairman and Joe Mohorovic as a new Commissioner of the agency. Once Kaye and Mohorovic are officially sworn in this week, the Commission will be fully...more
On July 24, 2014, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing entitled, "The Federal Trade Commission and Its Section 5 Authority: Prosecutor, Judge and Jury." The purpose of the hearing was to...more
Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced on the Senate Floor (video clip below) that the Senate will consider and vote on the nominations of Elliot Kaye and Joe Mohorovic on Monday, July 28th. President...more
Depending on whom you ask, Operation Choke Point has a promising future ahead of it – or will soon be history.
The controversial initiative by the Department of Justice (DOJ) is intended to limit certain lenders and...more
The House of Representatives is currently considering H.R. 5016, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2015, which provides funding to many different parts of the federal government for the next...more
Yesterday, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved three pending nominations for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The Committee approved Elliot Kaye as Chairman and Joe Mohorovic and...more
In January 2012, President Obama made recess appointments of the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and two members of the National Labor Relations Board during a three day period when the Senate was...more
Despite the recent passage of a genetically engineered (GE) food-labelling law in Vermont, and similar bills appearing in legislatures in other states, proponents of labelling have again failed to pass such a law in...more
Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act of 2014 Introduced in the House and the Senate
Last Tuesday, June 17, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Representative Doris Matsui (D-California)...more
We’ve all heard the statistics showing obesity rates rising in the U.S. year after year. Most of us are well aware of the billion dollar diet and weight-loss supplement industry to which millions turn with the hope of finding...more
While Director Cordray’s appearance at the House Financial Services Committee’s hearing on the CFPB’s fifth Semi-Annual Report yesterday was accompanied by the usual dose of political theater, his testimony did yield the...more
Yesterday, the House Financial Services Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee held a third hearing in its series of hearings addressing alleged discrimination at the CFPB. The Subcommittee heard testimony from...more
The House Committee on Financial Services will hold a hearing tomorrow to receive the Semi-Annual Report of the CFPB and Director Cordray’s testimony on the report. CFPB Director Cordray is scheduled to be the only...more
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