New Bill Would Give CFPB Regulatory Authority Over Small Business Lenders
When Congress passed a law in 2010 that gave the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau a mandate to collect small business loan data, industry observers wondered just how broadly the agency would interpret that authority.
At least one Congresswoman, however, feels that the statute as written is limited. That’s because Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez introduced a bill on Friday that would explicitly give the CFPB the power it lacks to oversee small business lending altogether.
H.R. 7351, the Promoting Fair Lending to Small Businesses Act, is designed to give the CFPB supervisory authority of “nondepository persons offering or making small business loans.”
“This bill will play an important role in applying the same standards for all lenders who make loans for small businesses, and especially those that have been historically underserved by lenders such as minority- and women-owned businesses,” said Velázquez.
It would be no surprise if a small business lender had not been previously aware of the CFPB’s pre-existing data-collection powers. That’s because the law that was passed twelve years ago, still has not been completely rolled out.Last modified: April 1, 2022