The Senate voted on Tuesday, October 24, to repeal the CFPB’s Arbitration Rule first proposed in May of 2016 and issued in its final form in July. The rule would have imposed limitations on the use of pre-dispute arbitration agreements by covered providers of consumer financial products and services.
Under the Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. § 801 et seq, Congress had 60 legislative days from the date of final rule enactment to pass a joint resolution of disapproval to block the rule from taking effect. The House of Representatives passed its resolution of disapproval on July 25, 2017 by a vote of 231-190, and the Senate passed its resolution on Tuesday by a vote of 51-50. Senators Lindsay Graham of South Carolina and John Kennedy of Louisiana broke away from their Republican colleagues to vote against the measure, and Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote in favor of the resolution.
Due to this vote, the Rule may not be reissued in the substantially same form, and a new rule that is substantially the same may not be issued. See 5 U.S.C. § 801(b)(2).