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June 9, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate yesterday approved the nomination of Todd Harper to serve a full term as chairman of the board of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). Mike Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), issued the following statement: CRL congratulates Todd Harper on his Senate confirmation to a full term as chairman of the NCUA board. Mr. Harper’s extensive experience with legislative oversight and strong relationships with other financial regulators will ensure that the nation’s credit unions continue to promote competition, financial...
May 25, 2022
WASHINGTON, DC – The Senate today voted to confirm Sandra Thompson’s nomination to a full five-year term as Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) – the federal regulator that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Mike Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), issued the following statement: CRL applauds the Senate for confirming Sandra Thompson to a full term as director of FHFA. Ms. Thompson has provided strong leadership as FHFA Acting Director, and is committed to seeing that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks act to advance...
May 2, 2022
WASHINGTON – In response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) call for public input on how to save Americans billions in junk fees charged by financial companies, leading consumer advocacy organizations submitted an extensive comment letter detailing junk fees across a wide range of consumer financial products and services. The letter was submitted by Americans for Financial Reform (AFR), the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), Consumer Federation of America (CFA), the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), and National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) (on behalf of its...
April 26, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Starting today at 10 AM ET, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Rohit Chopra testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on the CFPB’s Semiannual Report to Congress. He will also testify on the report before the House Committee on Financial Services tomorrow at 10 AM ET. “Director Chopra’s actions to protect consumers from predatory financial practices deserve praise, not criticism, from Congress,” said Mike Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending. “American families need protections from abusive...
April 15, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Biden Administration announced today that it will nominate Michael Barr as Vice Chair for Supervision at the Federal Reserve. In response, Mike Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), made the following statement: More than ever, our country needs knowledgeable financial regulators at the helm of our country. Michael Barr is a well-qualified choice for Vice Chair for Supervision at the Federal Reserve. Mr. Barr has a record of standing up for regulations – like the Community Reinvestment Act and overdraft protections – that promote...
February 24, 2022
Today, 145 organizations sent a letter to the “Big Three” credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and Transunion) and to the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA), the trade association that represents them, urging them to take needed actions to correct credit report problems for transgender and nonbinary consumers. The signatory organizations include LGBTQI+ advocacy organizations, community centers, chambers of commerce, businesses, and community groups, as well as consumer, employment, housing, and anti-poverty organizations. The letter responds to the CDIA’s February 2 announcement...
December 16, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced it is opening an inquiry into large “Buy Now, Pay Later” (BNPL) lenders. “Use of ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ credit has exploded, so it is important that we understand the impacts of this debt. In opening this inquiry, the Consumer Bureau is taking a great first step in learning about this industry and toward preventing harm to consumers,” said Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Director of California Policy Marisabel Torres. Watch and read Ms. Torres’s recent testimony before Congress on BNPL and other...
December 10, 2021
“Lack of competition in the banking sector can drive up prices for consumers and stifle economic growth and innovation,” said Mike Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending. “We need more robust scrutiny of the disproportionately negative impact bank mergers can have on communities of color, rural and low-income Americans. The FDIC should be taking affirmative steps to promote competition and financial fairness for consumers and businesses.” ### Press Contact: Alfred King alfred.king@responsiblelending.org
November 18, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Responsible Lending called for Congress to pass the Build Back Better Act. The bill aims to combat climate change and strengthen our nation’s human infrastructure, including through an historic investment in housing. Center for Responsible Lending President Mike Calhoun issued the following statement: The Build Back Better Act would make much-needed investments in the affordability, supply, and maintenance of housing for American families. This legislation would constitute a major step toward ensuring everyone has a decent and affordable place...
October 14, 2021
WASHINGTON – Three national advocacy organizations today announced they have received a $250,000 grant to engage with policymakers and address systemic challenges that prevent Asian American, Pacific Islander, Latinx and Black entrepreneurs and micro-entrepreneurs from being able to start and grow businesses. The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) and Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) will use the Rebuilding Together grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation...

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