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Volume 25 - Number 9

April 28, 2014

New Bill Would Force CFPB to Tap Pru Regulators for Certain Info

Sen. Dan Coats, R-IN, has introduced the Community Financial Protection Act, legislation to provide smaller financial institutions such as community banks and credit unions with some regulatory relief from financial regulations enacted after the 2008 financial crisis that many complain are crippling their businesses. The Coats bill would modify the way in which the CFPB requests information from financial institutions with less than $10 billion in assets. Under the Coats proposal, the CFPB must use publicly available information or seek the requested information from existing banking regulators. Specifically, the Community Financial Protection Act would stipulate that the CFPB must use current and existing publicly available information and data prior to requesting any information from the prudential regulator. Also, if the...

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