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June 13, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, during a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee, the head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Joseph Otting was repeatedly asked if he believes discrimination exists in America. He replied that he had never personally observed it, though he had heard about it from others. This is surprising given that discrimination in financial services has a well-documented past and present. Otting has had a long career in the banking industry and as Comptroller of the Currency, has a responsibility to help root out lending discrimination, so his...
June 12, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) applauds a federal court ruling out of Texas, which rejected a Joint Motion by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the payday lenders that was intended to delay the compliance date for the CFPB’s Payday Rule. The CFPB is currently led by Mick Mulvaney, who was unlawfully installed as “Acting Director” by President Trump. Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Litigation Counsel Will Corbett issued the following statement: Mick Mulvaney and the payday lenders tried an end-run around the law and it was rightly...
June 7, 2018
Numbers Confirm Abysmal Outcomes While Focus Groups Reveal the Human Impact of Bad Federal Education Policy; State Action Crucial DURHAM, N.C. – A new Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) research report finds that students who enroll in healthcare support programs at for-profit schools end up carrying much more debt relative to their earnings than do their peers in similar public programs. Tuition and fees for these for-profit programs can exceed $17,000 for an 11-month program, an amount that may seem worth it when the marketing materials of for-profit colleges greatly exaggerate the...
June 6, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Center for Responsible Lending Executive Vice President Debbie Goldstein released the following the statement after it was reported that Mick Mulvaney, who was unlawfully appointed to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), announced his plan to dismantle the membership of the agency's Consumer Advisory Board (CAB). This reckless decision to dismiss the members of the Consumer Advisory Board shows the level of disdain Mick Mulvaney has for consumer protection and it demonstrates his inability to lead both the CFPB and the Office of Management and...
June 1, 2018
AB 2500 would have been a historic step forward to help distressed Californians from falling victims to abusive predatory lending SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – Last night, several members of the California Assembly succumbed to industry pressure and voted down AB 2500, the Safe Consumer Lending Act, a bill introduced by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) to protect California families from abusive high-cost installment loans, including those made by car title lenders. Had it passed, the legislation would have substantially reduced the costs of consumer loans that are between $2,500 to $5,000. AB...
May 31, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which is led by the unlawfully appointed “Acting Director” Mick Mulvaney, joined the leading payday lenders’ association in filing a joint motion to delay the compliance date for the CFPB’s rule on payday loans (PDF) until 445 days from the final judgement of litigation challenging the rule. Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Director of Federal Policy Scott Astrada issued the following statement: It is appalling that an agency with a primary mission of protecting consumers is now teaming up with a...
May 23, 2018
Banks and Agency Have Responsibility to Uphold These Principles WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) rolled out guidance addressing installment lending with repayment periods ranging from two to twelve months. The guidance encourages banks to make these loans while cautioning banks to adhere to principles of reasonable pricing and affordability. It also reiterates the agency’s longstanding opposition to “rent-a-charter” arrangements used by high-cost lenders to evade state usury law. The OCC’s enforcement of these principles and responsible...
May 22, 2018
Meanwhile, FDIC today announced that bank profits this quarter were the highest on record WASHINGTON, D.C. – Just now, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of S. 2155, a partial rollback of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, which, since it has already passed the Senate, sends the bill to the President for his signature. The White House has issued a Statement of Administrative Policy in support of the bill. Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Senior Legislative Counsel Yana Miles issued the following statement: This bill puts out a welcome mat for many of the same...
May 22, 2018
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – On Thursday, May 24, 2018, the Stop the Debt Trap Los Angeles, a coalition of consumer and civil rights advocates and faith leaders, will host a press conference in Los Angeles to rally behind the County’s anticipated release of a report that aims to curtail predatory lending. The advocates will also urge Los Angeles Assemblymembers to support AB 2500, the Safe Consumer Lending Act, a bill to put in place a 36% interest rate cap for consumer loans of $2,500 to $5,000, which would help families in Los Angeles from falling into an abusive debt trap. The County Board of...
May 17, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions—S.J. Res 56 and H.J. Res 122—to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB or consumer bureau) payday and car title lending rule will not advance in Congress, as their legislative clock has expired. The CFPB rule, finalized in October, establishes basic consumer protections on these 300% or more interest loans, including the common sense standard that lenders should have to verify a borrower’s ability to repay before making the loan. Consumer and civil rights advocates are urging the consumer bureau to keep intact the...

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