Debt-Collection Reforms Draw Congressional Focus Post-COVID


In April 2021, House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) introduced H.R. 2547, the “Comprehensive Debt Collection Improvement Act.” This article examines the bill’s proposed reforms, takes a closer look at a few of the key provisions related to nonjudicial foreclosure, student loan and servicemember debt-collection practices, and considers its prospects for passage in the Senate. With respect to nonjudicial foreclosures, the legislation seeks to amend the definition of “debt collector” under the FDCPA to include entities that conduct non judicial foreclosures.