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Senate Committee Approves Cordray Nomination

Richard Cordray's nomination to continue leading the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is headed to the Senate following a vote from the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Tuesday. The committee confirmed Cordray's nomination by a party-line vote of 12-10, with Republican members keeping to their vow to not support any potential leader until CFPB's structure is fundamentally changed. Ranking member Sen. Mike Crapo specifically criticized the agency's spending, which he says is not as transparent as it should be.

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Cordray Faces Senate Committee for Nomination Hearing

Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), sat once again on Tuesday in front of the Senate Banking Committee, this time to present his case to continue leading the consumer agency. While some had expected a contentious round of questioning from Republicans critical of CFPB in its current form, the proceedings were generally cordial, with Cordray and commitee members agreeing to work together to maximize transparency and accountability at the bureau.

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Fed Governor: Consumer Protections May Come with a Cost

As the industry prepares to implement the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) new ability-to-repay rules, Federal Reserve Governor Elizabeth Duke warns new consumer protections may come at a cost to the industry as lower-quality-credit borrowers are precluded from the housing market. As the broader economy continues to improve, household formation will increase, according to Duke, "but if credit is hard to get, these will be rental rather than owner-occupied households."

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Senate Democrats Urge Reappointment of CFPB Leader

Fifty-four Senate Democrats and Independents issued a letter to the president last week defending the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and pledging to support the re-appointment of current director Richard Cordray. In their letter, Cordray's Senate supporters decried the opposition's efforts as an attempt to "weaken the CFPB through structural changes" from "a minority of Senators [who] do not support the existence of the agency." The issue of Cordray's nomination comes at a pivotal time for CFPB.

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CFPB Aims to Prepare Industry, Consumers for Pending Rules

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently finalized several rules for the mortgage industry, including the ability-to-repay rule and new mortgage servicing guidelines. As the Bureau prepares for the rules to take effect in January 2014, it aims to take several actions to educate and prepare both the industry and consumers on the new regulations.

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Poll: 4 in 5 Small Business Owners Support Tougher Rules for Wall Street

An Internet poll conducted by Lake Research Partners and released by Small Business Majority shows 80 percent of small business owners believe Wall Street and financial companies should face tougher rules and enforcement following the financial crisis. The remainder believe those companies have showed enough evidence of change that further regulation is unnecessary. Additionally, a combined 66 percent expressed their opinion that the level of government oversight should increase or is about right the way it is.

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