The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act of 2010: Is It Constitutional?

Engage Volume 11, Issue 3, December 2010

December 23, 2010

C. Boyden Gray, John Shu

President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Dodd-Frank” or “the Act”) into law on July 21, 2010. The massive and complex Act is reportedly the result of many compromises. Dodd-Frank’s intent, according to its title page, is “[t]o promote the financial stability of the United States by improving accountability and transparency in the financial system, to end ‘too big to fail,’ to protect the American taxpayer by ending bailouts, to protect consumers from abusive financial services practices, and for other purposes.”

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act of 2010: Is It Constitutional?