U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Under Trump, consumer agency promises to do the bare minimum, and nothing more

Under Trump, consumer agency promises to do the bare minimum, and nothing more

Let’s say there was a federal agency charged solely with protecting consumers from financial abuse. And let’s say that agency was so good at its job, it succeeded in returning $12 billion to consumers who had been ripped off by greedy banks and lenders.

How would you reward that agency?

If you’re President Trump, the answer is to slash its funding by 23% and get rid of rules “that unduly burden the financial industry.”

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