Banking bill could weaken protections, lead to another financial crisis

Yana Miles | The Center for Responsible Lending
It’s been a decade since the financial crisis led to the Great Recession, which cost millions of Americans their jobs, homes, and savings. The “sand states” of Florida, California, Arizona, and Nevada were especially hard hit. At the center of this storm was the foreclosure crisis, the direct result of reckless mortgage lending facilitated by lax regulation.

Education Department Wants To Protect Student-Loan Debt Collectors

Cory Turner & Chris Arnold | 88.5 WFDD NPR
"Once again, the Department of Education has revealed that it is on the side of companies instead of standing by borrowers and their families," Whitney Barkley-Denney, a policy counsel with the Center for Responsible Lending, said in a statement. "Acting at the behest of servicers and their lobbyists denies an opportunity for comment by the 44 million Americans who share the burden of a still-growing $1.4 trillion in student loan debt.

Ed Department to move to block states from regulating student loan collectors

Jacqueline Thomsen | The Hill
“It’s not surprising that this administration is weighing in on the side of industry over students and taxpayers,” Whitney Barkley-Denney, the legislative policy counsel at the Center for Responsible Lending, told Politico. “This is just a different verse of the same song we’ve been hearing over the past year.”

Trump Administration Fights States' Crackdown on Student Loan Collectors

Michael Stratford | Politico
Consumer advocates are highly critical. “It’s not surprising that this administration is weighing in on the side of industry over students and taxpayers,” said Whitney Barkley-Denney, legislative policy counsel at the Center for Responsible Lending, a consumer group. “This is just a different verse of the same song we’ve been hearing over the past year” from the Education Department.

Trump and Congress Are Making It Easier for Banks and Companies to Rip Off Black People

Hannah Levintova
These recent changes are just one piece of a broader trend that has swept across government since Trump took office—a gutting of anti-discrimination measures across the financial services, including mortgages, car loans, payday loans, and more. “This is a pattern we have observed, and it’s fairly alarming,” says Yana Miles, senior legislative counsel at the Center for Responsible Lending. “You have good policy that protects consumers and tries to address discrimination. We’re seeing these rules delayed, picked at, or invalidated.”

Bill Moving Through Congress Could Lead To Spread Of Predatory Loans

Suzanne Potter | WXPR Public Radio
HR 3299, the so-called "Madden Fix," would reverse a court decision called Madden vs. Midland, which forbade banks from reselling loans to payday lenders if the loan's interest rate exceeded state limits. Rebecca Borne, senior policy counsel for the Center for Responsible Lending, said this bill would legalize what she called a "rent-a-bank" scheme. "It would permit non-bank predatory lenders to partner with banks, even superficial partnerships, to take advantage of banks' ability to pre-empt state law," she said. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have laws that cap interest rates on

Misguided McHenry: Congressman Patrick McHenry is inviting predatory lending back into North Carolina

Paul Reeves
As early as Valentine’s Day, the House of Representatives will vote on Rep. McHenry’s legislation, H.R. 3299, which would let financial companies, including online payday and installment lenders, charge North Carolinians 100 percent APR and potentially far higher – and override our state’s interest rate caps. If this bill becomes law, it would bless the “rent-a-bank” scheme whereby these nonbank entities form sham partnerships with banks that technically originate the loan in order to evade strong state laws. It’s also the same type of scheme that the payday lenders used to make illegal loans

Civil rights advocates oppose returning secondary mortgage market to Wall Street

Charlene Crowell | The St. Louis American
In recent days, threats to the nation’s housing finance system have emerged. At the center of the controversy are two key issues: the obligation of mortgage lenders to ensure broad mortgage credit for all credit-worthy borrowers, and secondly, whether the nation will enforce its own laws banning unlawful discrimination.

Blacks And Latinos Denied Mortgages At Rates Double Whites

Jason Debruyn | WUNC North Carolina Public Radio
"We know as a nation that homeownership is really important and it's the way that most of us have built our wealth over time," said Nikitra Bailey, an executive vice president with the Center for Responsible lending who oversees the group's coalition building and constituent relations. "When you're not inside the marketplace because of these challenges, then you don't get that opportunity, so you remain on unequal footing. So this racial wealth gap grows over time as opposed to shrinking over time."