WASHINGTON, D.C. - Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Senior Legislative Counsel Yana Miles released the following statement today regarding Leandra English's decision to step down as Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB):

"Leandra English is a revered public servant with a history of prioritizing consumer protection. Throughout her tenure at the CFPB, even before becoming Acting Director, she worked to significantly improve the lives of people across the country, especially in communities of color. With her help, the agency has been a vigilant enforcer of civil rights laws and combatant of discriminatory practices in the financial marketplace; English has helped enforce fair lending laws that protect consumers of color from being charged more for a mortgage, auto loan, or credit card. 

"We need a champion who will maintain the level of commitment to consumers that Ms. English and the previous director did. Mick Mulvaney, who has publicly maligned the CFPB and called for its elimination, is not that champion, and, to that end, neither is the current CFPB Director nominee. CRL wishes Ms. English well and thanks her for her years of public service."

For more information, or to arrange an interview with a CRL spokesperson on this issue, please contact Ricardo Quinto at ricardo.quinto@responsiblelending.org or 202-349-1866.

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