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December 6, 2018
DURHAM, NC. – In response to the nation’s still-spiraling student loan debt, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) convened a day-long summit to examine the impacts and solutions for North Carolina. People from around the state gathered at the Durham Convention Center for this working conference and included a wide variety of stakeholders that included: banks, colleges and universities, as well as advocates representing older Americans, veterans, community developers, low-income residents and others. Throughout the day, people shared their own powerful and personal stories of how...
December 6, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, upon the Senate voting on party lines to confirm Kathy Kraninger for Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Center for Responsible Lending Senior Legislative Counsel Yana Miles issued the following statement: Mulvaney’s tenure at the CFPB wasn’t public service—it was service to predatory lenders. The Administration’s pattern of nominating unqualified, political candidates to important independent agencies, like the CFPB, is dangerous, misguided, and will cause irreparable harm to families across the country. Kathy Kraninger’s inexperience...
November 29, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate is expected to soon hold a floor vote to advance the nomination of Kathy Kraninger, a current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Associate Director, to be the next Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). OMB Director and payday lending ally Mick Mulvaney one year ago assumed the role of Acting Director of the CFPB where he launched a campaign of sabotage against the consumer bureau’s mission and work. President Trump nominated Kathy Kraninger this past July. Center for Responsible Lending Senior Legislative Counsel Yana Miles...
November 27, 2018
November 27, 2018 By Yana Miles A year ago today, the Trump Administration’s budget chief Mick Mulvaney took over as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and launched a campaign of sabotage against the agency’s mission and work. Mulvaney’s tenure provides ample reason for the Senate to reject Kathy Kraninger’s nomination for permanent Director of the CFPB. The Senate is expected to vote on her nomination as soon as tomorrow. Ms. Kraninger currently works as an aide at the Office of Management and Budget, where Mick Mulvaney is the Director (in addition to...
November 19, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Responsible Lending, Americans for Financial Reform, and other leading national labor, civil rights, consumer advocacy, fair housing, and legal services organizations responded in a joint comment to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on how the agency should update Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) procedures. The groups pressed the OCC that any changes to the CRA must strengthen -- not weaken -- banks’ obligation to meet the needs of low-income communities and communities of color and that...
November 15, 2018
Broad Coalition has Urged Agency to Maintain Guidance That Guards Against Unaffordable Loans By Banks WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) yesterday issued a Request for Information (RFI) on small-dollar lending by banks. Existing FDIC policies have kept predatory lending by FDIC-supervised banks largely at bay, and they should not be weakened. Civil rights, faith, and consumer groups have forcefully urged the FDIC to not allow banks to make loans that exceed 36% interest. The RFI also asks about bank partnerships, which have been used to facilitate rent-a...
November 6, 2018
Campaign led by representatives of highly impacted communities garnered support from over 50 veterans’ groups, faith groups, lawmakers of both political parties, and both urban and rural communities OAKLAND, C.A.– Coloradans have come together to stop predatory payday lending by passing a 36% cap on annual interest rates for payday loans. Today’s results make Colorado the fifth state to affirm an interest rate cap by ballot and the sixteenth state (plus the District of Columbia) to protect against predatory payday lending through reasonable usury limits. In a campaign led by...
November 6, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This evening, several news outlets are reporting that Congressional Democrats have gained control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Media wires are also showing that Republicans have kept their majority in the U.S. Senate. Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Executive Vice President Debbie Goldstein released the following statement: We look forward to working with this new Congress on issues that are of the utmost importance, including addressing the student loan debt crisis, ensuring a sustainable and inclusive housing finance system that serves all borrowers...
November 1, 2018
Film shows sky did not fall when payday lenders stopped charging 574% interest South Dakota – A new 30-minute documentary released today by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), in cooperation with South Dakotans for Responsible Lending, follows the movement to cap the state’s payday, car title, and installment loan interest rates, which previously soared up to 574%. The film captures the relentless spirit of the broad coalition of South Dakotans that took on the firmly entrenched and well-financed predatory lending industry – and won. A resounding 76 percent of voters passed Initiated...
October 26, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, Mick Mulvaney announced that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) plans to move forward with gutting the agency’s rule to stop abusive payday lending and car-title loan debt traps. The announcement calls for the CFPB to reconsider both the rule's compliance date, as well as its core ability-to-repay provisions. A new proposal is expected in January 2019. The payday lending rule, finalized last year under then-CFPB Director Richard Cordray, establishes basic consumer protections on these 300% or more interest loans, including the common-sense standard...

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