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Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) President Grover Norquist this week sent a letter to Congressional lawmakers urging support for H.J. Res. 111 introduced by Representative Keith Rothfus (R-Penn.).

H.J. Res. 111 would use the Congressional Review Act to block the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) rule relating to arbitration clauses, published by the Bureau this month.

Text of the letter is below and can be found here.

July 24, 2017

The Honorable Paul Ryan
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
Majority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McCarthy:

On behalf of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) I write to express ATR’s strong support for using the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to reverse the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) recently published rule relating to arbitration agreements.

The CFPB’s arbitration rule would do little in the way of benefiting American consumers, and instead would result in a flood of class-action lawsuits putting more money in the pockets of trial lawyers. The arbitration rule would cost consumers billions and lead to a projected 6,000 class action lawsuits every five years.

According to the CFPB’s own study, average payouts to consumers after litigation was less than $2.00 per person, which is significantly lower that the amount awarded during the arbitration process. The same study found that only 20 percent of class-action lawsuits are approved and among those the average wait time for a settlement was roughly three years. This is compared to the arbitration process where the wait time is an average of only 6.9 months.

I urge you and your colleagues in Congress to support H.J. Res. 111 introduced by Representative Keith Rothfus (R-Penn.), which would use the authority granted under the Congressional Review Act to reverse the CFPB’s arbitration rule.


Grover G. Norquist
Americans for Tax Reform 


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