Press Release

AFT’s Weingarten on US Supreme Court’s Decision to Preserve Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Majority Stares Down Vested Interests’ Attack on Venerated Agency to Uphold Consumer, Student Rights

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Andrew Crook
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WASHINGTON—AFT President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled that funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was properly authorized under the appropriations clause of the U.S. Constitution:

“Today, the court said no to the payday lenders and other anti-consumer groups that attempted to derail the federal agency vital to protecting consumer and student rights. Whether it’s easing student debt, curbing extortionate interest charges, cracking down on payday lenders, exposing unfair car loans and mortgages, or eliminating junk fees imposed by credit cards and airlines, the CFPB has been a reliable defender of basic fairness.

“Time and again, the CFPB has demonstrated the best of government, by intervening to help the American people who are tired of being gouged and want to negotiate everyday transactions on a level playing field. This decision both exposes the thinness of the extremist attack on the CFPB’s foundations and upholds the idea of government as being of, by and for the people, not the wealthy and corrupt interests determined to capture it for their own ends.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.