Head Office of Consumer Financial Protection in Washington DC, US REUTERS / Andrew Kelly

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (Reuters) – Consumer finance chief Rohit Chopra told lawmakers Wednesday at the agency’s opening address that it wants to reduce restrictions on struggling homeowners and make consumer loans more competitive.

The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFB) also provides real-time consumer payment systems and large amounts of information to technology giants, or Big Tech, in their efforts to better control the flow of money into the economy. As a result, control.

And, it emphasizes the enforcement of companies that repeatedly violate consumer finance laws.

Chopra, a long-time consumer advocate for debt relief under Democratic President Joe Biden, will present a major agenda during the Coronavirus’ continued economic downturn in his first hearing as CBCB director before members of the 10th House Finance Services Committee. 00 Morning EDT (1400 GMT).

According to the witness, “conditions remain poor in most parts of the country and in many individual settlements,” Chopra told the panel. “Many families continue to struggle to pay their mortgage and rent. Many small businesses are facing serious challenges to earn a living.”

The appearance of chopra can reactivate CFPB as a political lightning rod. Republicans have been trying to arrest the agency since its inception, calling it excessive and irresponsible.

Chopra, who was sworn in as CFPB’s full-time director earlier this month, has established a reputation as a strong consumer advocate for the Federal Trade Commission, having helped establish the CFPB after Senator Elizabeth Warren was formed in 2010.

Chopra’s corporate critics and the agency’s record holder make him a strong director, analysts say.

“This hearing should serve as a reminder to both the bureau’s chief executive and director Chopra of their ability to use the office toolbox efficiently,” said Isaac Boltansky, director of policy research at the finance company.

Within weeks of its launch, Chopra made its mark when CFPB ordered Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., and Facebook Inc. to collect information on how to collect and use billing data.

His testimony said the agency was “closely monitoring the obstacles faced by small domestic financial institutions when they want to challenge supervisors, including Big Tech.”

Pushing that transparency is part of the growing demand for technology among regulators and legislators in the growing demand for a variety of financial products, from cryptocurrency to new “Buy Now, Pay Later” loan products.

Chopra’s broad agenda in the CFPB includes a review of several major legislative reforms in the Republican leadership, particularly in the area of ​​debt collection and payday loans.

Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.

“We hope it explains CFPB’s efforts to protect consumers from credit reporting errors, arbitration, overpayments, and mortgage loans,” said Michael Litt, director of the US PRG Consumer Advocacy Group in Washington.

Report by Katanga Johnson and Pete Schroeder in Washington, DC; Edited by Megan Davis, Chris Reese and Jonathan Otis

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