CUNA filed an amicus brief in CFPB leadership case, supports Presidential appointment authority

Press teleconference on Wednesday, December 13 at 9:30am ET with Ballard Spahr LLP, CUNA

December 12, 2017


Contact: Vicki Christner – CUNA Communications; 202-329-9950;    

Washington, DC (December 12, 2017) The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today, for the case English v. Trump, in support of any President having the authority to appoint an interim Director at the CFPB by the Vacancies Reform Act, rather than having an outgoing Director select any person they want for the position. CUNA and its members have a strong interest in ensuring that the CFPB at all times operates under proper direction of the official who is statutorily and constitutionally entitled to act as its Director.  

“Americans deserve better than the political theater playing out at the CFPB right now,” said Jim Nussle, CUNA President/CEO. “It is important to have a process in place which assures leadership of the CFPB has transparency. We disagree that a non-accountable individual leaving office has Presidential appointment powers with no checks and balances in place.”   

“As credit unions consider what services they can continue to offer their members, what their costs of compliance may be in the immediate future, and how they want to innovate, it is critical that they have certainty and transparency about the leadership of the CFPB,” continued Nussle. “The confusion stemming from this and other litigation surrounding this issue further demonstrate the need for a multi-person commission to lead the CFPB – consumers in need of financial services should not suffer as a result of political grandstanding.”   

Uncertainty surrounding the CFPB’s leadership leaves credit unions guessing about the status of pending rules and rule effective dates, examination schedules, and the many other required credit union actions from the CFPB. This can directly impact daily operations and the ability to provide the safest and most affordable financial services on a daily-basis to their members.    

You can read the brief here.


Co-Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr LLP’s Consumer Financial Services Group Alan Kaplinsky will be joined by Credit Union National Association Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan to discuss the amicus brief and ongoing litigation regarding the CFPB’s Director.    

WHAT:                Press Teleconference   

WHERE:              Dial: 888-830-8905; Passcode: 454831   

WHEN:                Wednesday, December 13 at 9:30am ET    

WHO:                  Co-Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr LLP’s Consumer Financial Services Group Alan Kaplinsky 
Credit Union National Association Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan   

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