The committee in charge of hammering out differences in the financial reform bill completed their task this morning, sending the massive bill to the House of Representatives and the Senate for full votes. The final bill contains a hard-won provision for the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, which will be overseen by the Federal Reserve. The good news is that it will close some of the loopholes that allowed the events leading up to the nation’s 2008 near financial collapse to unfold. The bad news is that lobbyists for auto dealers ultimately prevailed, creating a loophole that excludes auto dealers from oversight by the new agency.
New York June 25th, 2010