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CFPB to address racial equality

Federal Issues CFPB Covid-19

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On June 2, CFPB acting Director Dave Uejio published a blog post highlighting Bureau efforts to address issues regarding racial injustice and the long-term economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on consumers. In January, as previously covered by InfoBytes, Uejio released a statement announcing his immediate priorities for the Bureau as: (i) relief for consumers facing hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the related economic crisis; and (ii) racial equity. In the recent blog post, Uejio acknowledged that the “pandemic has created economic and financial insecurity for millions of Americans,” and has disproportionally impacted communities of color in terms of health and the related financial crises. Uejio also pointed out that, as acting director, his top priority is to “take bold and swift action to address issues of pervasive racial injustice and the long-term economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on consumers” and noted that it is his “intent that the CFPB use all of [its] tools and authorities to protect and fight for fairness and equity.”

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