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May 9, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mick Mulvaney, the unlawful Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), announced today that he is closing the Bureau’s Office of Students and folding it into the Office of Financial Education. The closure is the latest in a series of actions and proposals that threaten to undermine the consumer protections that have been put into place by the CFPB to address large-scale abuses within our financial system. Whitney Barkley-Denney, senior policy counsel with the Center for Responsible Lending, issued the following statement: The former director...
May 8, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass S.J. Res 57, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to undo the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) 2013 indirect auto lending guidance, which was put in place to limit the discriminatory impact of dealer interest rate markups in the auto lending market. This is a first-of-its-kind vote, abusing the streamlined procedures of the CRA to try to undo longstanding guidance issued more five years ago. The CRA resolution is expected to be signed by the President. The effort to eliminate this important...
May 8, 2018
Only 12% of Marylanders think that U.S. Department of Education is doing a good job overseeing student loan servicers. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) released a poll showing that 91% of Maryland voters agree that the State of Maryland to has a responsibly to protect residents with student loan debt. This includes high level of concern about the student loan debt crisis, and concerns about abusive practices by student loan servicers, such as Navient, which often deepen student’s debt burden. The polling results also shows that only 12% of Marylanders...
May 2, 2018
50 years after the Fair Housing Act, racial mortgage disparities persist WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is both a historic driver of the nation's persistent racial wealth gap and a necessary part of any solution for the nation's housing market, finds new research from the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL). Although FHA has been and remains central in creating homeownership opportunities for borrowers of color, low- to moderate-income borrowers, and lower-wealth borrowers, that was not the case in its early development. CRL's research report is being discussed...
April 26, 2018
WASHINGOTN, D.C. – The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) joined The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 46 other national civil rights organizations in announcing new principles for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). The principles are rooted in boosting college access for all students and addressing the student loan debt crisis. The HEA was first passed in 1965 at the height of the civil rights movement in response to public demands from communities of color that the federal government do more to expand higher education opportunities for students...
April 25, 2018
*** MEDIA ADVISORY FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018 *** WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, May 2, at approximately 8:45 a.m. ET, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), NAACP, National Fair Housing Alliance, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Urban League, and other national civil rights organizations will convene in Washington, D.C., to host a symposium honoring the 50th year of the Fair Housing Act. At the event, CRL will present a new...
April 25, 2018
At bankers’ conference, Mick Mulvaney signaled that the CFPB would prevent public access to the Consumer Complaint Database – a critical tool for spotting patterns of financial abuse. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, amidst his revealingly nonchalant remarks about engaging in pay-to-play politics as a Congressman, Mick Mulvaney, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) illegitimate Acting Director, told 1,300 bankers and other financial industry officials gathered at a conference that nothing in the law requires for him to maintain public access to the CFPB’s Consumer Complaint...
April 25, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A New York Times story has reported that Mick Mulvaney, the unlawful Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the current Director of Office and Management and Budget (OMB), told more than 1,000 bankers and lending industry officials at the American Bankers Association’s (ABA) Government Relations Summit in Washington, D.C., that when he was a U.S. Congressman he would only meet with lobbyists if they contributed to his campaign. “We had a hierarchy in my office in Congress...If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you...
April 20, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a $1 billion fine against Wells Fargo, ordered the bank to make restitution to customers harmed by its practices, and required certain management changes. The enforcement action was triggered by the bank’s auto finance practices over recent years that led to an estimated 800,000 consumers pushed into auto insurance they did not need, an estimated 274,000 customers being pushed into delinquency, and wrongful vehicle repossessions estimated to be around 25,000...
April 16, 2018
Car lending industry and their allies in Congress have consistently attacked the CFPB auto lending guidance despite clear evidence showing that, for decades, car dealer markups have led to discriminatory lending Several Civil Rights organizations urge Members to vote “no” on repealing guidance that protects against unlawful discrimination WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, the U.S. Senate is expected to schedule a vote on Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution S.J. Res 57, which was introduced by U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) to undo the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB)...

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