Thank you all for coming today. I am delighted to be here to help kick off the Bureau’s symposia series. As we saw from this morning’s session, we are off to a great start. The purpose of this series is to provide a robust, proactive, and transparent dialogue to help the Bureau execute its mission and policy development process.
Thank you very much for the invitation to be here with you today. I understand that today’s summit is the first event as part of Cato’s new “Initiative for Financial Inclusion.” Cato has been recognized for decades as a vanguard of the liberty movement, and I am grateful that your scholars, especially Todd and Diego, are focused on this vital issue.
Thank you, Todd, for the kind introduction. And thank you to the staff of the Law and Economics Center for the invitation to speak today. I am honored to participate in an event organized by an institution recognized as having a rich and consequential intellectual tradition. I am also grateful to Chris Mufarrige for his invaluable assistance in helping prepare my remarks today.
Good morning. Thank you Ruth for the introduction and for inviting the Bureau to be a part of this year’s Consumer Empowerment Conference. Consumer Action has graciously invited Bureau employees to speak at this event in years past, and I am honored to continue this tradition. And I am especially happy to return to my roots here in the Midwest.