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March 6, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate passed President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan. Due to substantive changes in the bill, the measure must return to the House floor for a vote before it can reach the President’s desk. Under the legislation, stimulus checks would phase out entirely for individuals earning more than $80,000, federal unemployment benefits were kept at $300 a week through September, and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) eligibility for small businesses was expanded. The bill also directs billions toward rental and homeowner assistance. Center for Responsible...
March 4, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Late Wednesday, the House addressed important issues key to anti-corruption and safeguarding our democracy. The first, HR1—or the For the People Act—would overhaul government ethics and campaign finance laws and seek to strengthen voting rights by creating automatic voter registration and expanding access to early and absentee voting. The other, The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, bans chokeholds and no-knock warrants and reforms qualified immunity for law enforcement—making it easier to pursue claims of police misconduct. Nikitra Bailey, Executive Vice President...
March 2, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Senate confirmed Dr. Cecilia Rouse as Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (C.E.A.) by a 95 to 4 vote—making her the first Black leader in its 75-year history. Center for Responsible Lending Executive Vice President Nikitra Bailey released the following statement today on her confirmation: Dr. Cecilia Rouse has long focused on discrimination and the harmful influences that have kept people of color from building wealth in America. Her historic appointment and her attention to solutions-oriented policies that help historically disadvantaged groups—...
March 1, 2021
OAKLAND, Calif.– The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), Public Counsel, Western Center on Law and Poverty (WCLP), Fines and Fees Justice Center (FFJC), Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA), The Insight Center, and Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) filed an amicus brief today in support of the petitioner in California v. Kopp before the California Supreme Court. The petitioner argued that trial courts must hold ability-to-pay hearings before imposing fines and fees – or legal financial obligations (LFOs) – on criminal defendants. The brief explains that...
February 5, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the budget resolution for President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal. This vote comes after Senate Democrats passed the resolution with a simple majority of 51 votes, part of a procedural tool known as reconciliation. Congress will now write a final bill that can be passed by a simple majority in both chambers. Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Federal Advocacy Director and Senior Counsel Ashley Harrington released the following statement: The budget resolution approved today is a good first step...
January 26, 2021
WASHINGTON DC - This afternoon, President Joe Biden outlined an agenda and signed executive actions to move forward on several important fronts toward racial equity, including a measure directing the Department of Housing and Urban Development to reassess a Trump Administration rule that hindered a plaintiff’s ability to prove housing discrimination. This Presidential Memorandum acknowledges the role the federal government has played in creating and perpetuating discriminatory housing policy. Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Executive Vice President Nikitra Bailey said, “President...
January 26, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Janet Yellen was sworn in as the Secretary of the Treasury after her confirmation yesterday by an 84 to 15 vote of the U.S. Senate. President of the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Mike Calhoun made the following statement: Treasury Secretary Yellen’s swift, bipartisan confirmation as the first woman to hold this role is a historic occasion. Her vision and experience are sorely needed in steering us toward a more equitable recovery. Her decades of leadership make her the right person to lead at this moment. Secretary Yellen’s stewardship of the economy will...
January 20, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. Vice-President Kamala Harris was sworn in as the first woman and the first Black and first South Asian American to ever hold the office. President of the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Mike Calhoun made the following statement: Congratulations to President Biden and Vice President Harris who took the sacred oath to lead our nation. Today, our leaders promised the American people a message of hope and unity, offering the opportunity to move closer toward the promises of America for all....
January 17, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This evening, numerous media outlets have reported that President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Federal Trade Commission member Rohit Chopra to serve as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). In response to this development, Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Federal Advocacy Director and Senior Counsel Ashley Harrington issued the following statement: Commissioner Chopra has long fought for financial markets that are fair for consumers, including student loan borrowers. We are encouraged that the CFPB will now return to its mission of...
January 15, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – President-elect Joe Biden last night unveiled an outline of his proposed legislative package for relief from the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis. In response, Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Federal Advocacy Director and Senior Counsel Ashley Harrington made the following statement: President-elect Biden’s plan offers badly needed hope for a country in crisis. The policy proposals would help rescue the finances of many small businesses, renters, and homeowners – disproportionately in Black and brown communities – who are in dire straits. While...

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