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May 16, 2017
Using the CRA, Congress and White House have Erased Fourteen Regulatory Protections This Year WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) commended Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), and Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) for introducing the Sunset the CRA and Restore American Protections (SCRAP) Act, a bill to repeal the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The CRA is a fast-track legislative tool that Congress can use to quickly eliminate the previous presidential administration's regulations, which were years or...
May 4, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Financial Services Committee passed along straight party lines the "Wrong CHOICE Act," an extreme bill that would shred essential consumer protections enacted in the wake of the financial crisis through the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Separately, the American Bankers Association recently wrote a letter asking President Trump’s Administration to essentially eliminate protections against predatory small dollar loans, including the popular CARD Act, which has saved consumers billions of dollars. Both initiatives call for nixing...
April 26, 2017
Hearing held today on legislation that would shred consumer protections enacted in wake of the financial crisis WASHINGTON, DC – Today at 10 AM, the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing on an updated and even more extreme version of the so-called Financial CHOICE Act. This radical bill would expose American families to risky financial practices that contributed to the Great Recession of 2008. For example, the legislation would severely obstruct the work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), an agency that has returned nearly $12 billion to 29 million...
April 5, 2017
Amid Baseless Attacks on Consumer Protection Agency, CFPB Director Richard Cordray Testifies Before House Financial Services Committee Today, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray will testify at a House Financial Services Committee on the 2016 Semi-Annual Reports from his agency. Since its inception in 2010, the independent CFPB has provided 29 million Americans harmed by financial companies with a total of nearly $12 billion in relief, it has helped families across America resolve disputes with unscrupulous lenders, and it has implemented new rules that...
April 3, 2017
Diverse Show of Support for a Strong, Independent Consumer Protection Agency Today, consumer and civil rights groups, leading legal scholars and members of Congress will submit amicus briefs to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in the case of PHH Corporation v. CFPB in support of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The diverse amici urge the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to maintain a strong, independent agency to protect American consumers. The filings from consumer watchdogs, civil rights organizations, academics and legislators underscore the legality of CFPB’...
March 28, 2017
Today, Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) President Mike Calhoun testified before the House Financial Services Committee’s Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee for a hearing entitled “The State of Bank Lending in America.” Calhoun discussed recent trends in lending and how the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is working to expand credit and strengthen consumer protection, and he underscored what steps lawmakers can take to build on this progress. "Community banks are helping to spearhead our nation’s economic recovery. Bank and credit union...
March 27, 2017
Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 28, at approximately 2 p.m. ET, Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) President Mike Calhoun will testify before the House Financial Services Committee’s Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee for a hearing entitled “The State of Bank Lending in America.” Calhoun will discuss recent trends in lending and how the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has made the financial industry more accountable to the public. View a list of all four of the hearing witnesses. Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, March 28 Who: Mike Calhoun,...
March 23, 2017
Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and its sister organization, The Leadership Education Fund, announced the selection of Vanita Gupta as the new president and CEO of both organizations. Gupta is an accomplished advocate and litigator who most recently served as head of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice under President Barack Obama. She succeeds civil rights titan Wade Henderson who served as president and CEO since June of 1996. Henderson announced his retirement in November of 2015. Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) President Mike...
March 16, 2017
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released its draft licensing manual for fintech firms seeking the agency's new limited-purpose national bank charters. The draft offers detail on how the OCC will apply the licensing standards and requirements in existing regulations and policies to fintech firms applying for special national bank charters. The draft will be open for comment until April 14, 2017. In January, more than 250 organizations, including the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), sent a letter to Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry urging him not to grant...
March 16, 2017
Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Policy Counsel Yana Miles issued the following statement today after President Donald Trump Released his budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018: President Trump has crafted a budget that will severely impact consumers, especially those with low-to-moderate incomes. From disadvantaged youth served by Job Corps centers across the country to senior citizens trying to transition to financial limitations in what should be their golden years, this budget proposal harms far more than it helps. Although education is generally viewed as the ladder to...

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