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Consumer Financial Protection Safety and Soundness Improvement Act of 2011

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. GARRETT. I congratulate the chairman of the full committee, the chairman of the subcommittee, and the gentleman from Wisconsin for the good work done on, really, a commonsense piece of legislation before us.

Earlier, I heard the ranking member from Massachusetts comment about the partisanship here. He said something like, well, we didn't make this partisan; they did it. Well, I remind the chairman that his underlying piece of legislation, the Dodd-Frank piece of legislation, actually had more Democrats vote against it than it had Republicans for it. And he was the one that actually pushed through a bill in an extremely partisan manner, and that's really why we're here today.

I believe that the agency we're talking about, the CFPB, is really a one-stop shop to basically allocate credit and give the government the power to direct and control the economy. At the same time they're talking about consumer protection, what are they doing? They're separating safety and soundness from it. How can you have consumer protection when you're separating safety and soundness?

I also remind the ranking member, who originally was the sponsor of Dodd-Frank--the bill that has his name on it, that bill that is going to destroy so many jobs in this country as pointed out once before--that he was in favor of the same type of legislation that we have before us today on the floor. So, basically, this is once again a case of where the ranking member was in favor of it before he was against it. So operating under that logic we are hearing from the other side, if the bill today weakens the agency, then the bill that the gentleman introduced originally would actually destroy the agency.

Now, I've heard the ranking member during his debates do what he always does when he doesn't have the facts or the law on his side: He attacks and he twists other people's motives. He knows that he was essentially supportive of the elements of this bill today by offering these provisions himself before to get through the House, but today he comes out against it. Basically, he accuses everyone on our side of the aisle of trying to kill his legislation.

But I remind him to consider his own statements. The ranking member has claimed over this past week that the most important piece of the Dodd-Frank bill is the risk retention section of the legislation.

The Acting CHAIR. The time of the gentleman has expired.

Mrs. CAPITO. I yield the gentleman 30 additional seconds.

Mr. GARRETT. So he says on the one hand that the risk retention is most important; then he turns around and says that any loans with 4 percent down payment should be exempt from risk retention. I don't know very many loans that are at that level. So I find it surprising that he is attempting to exempt everyone from what he claims is the most important portion of his bill instead of accusing everyone else of attempting to destroy this job-destroying bill.

Mr. Chairman, I would ask that the gentleman from Massachusetts think before he speaks on the legislation and then come out in support of the same legislation that he once supported in the past.


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