U.S. Senate Moves to Confirm Kristen Clarke for Justice Department Civil Rights Chief

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, as the country reflects on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, the U.S. Senate is voting to confirm Kristen Clarke as head of the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Ms. Clarke, who is president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, will be the first woman, first woman of color, and first Black woman to receive Senate confirmation for the position. “Kristen Clarke is the right person at the right time to serve as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights,” said Center for Responsible Lending Federal Advocacy Director and

Comprehensive Debt Collection Improvement Act Would Protect Consumers from Predatory Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States House of Representatives today passed the Comprehensive Debt Collection Improvement Act (H.R. 2547). Introduced by House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, the Act is comprised of eight bills that would collectively enact critical debt collection reforms aimed at protecting vulnerable consumers. If passed into law, the Act would, in part, prohibit the collection of medical debt for two years after a procedure, as well as prohibit credit reporting of debt arising from medically necessary procedures. It also would amend the Fair Debt

Statement Prior to Senate Vote on Bill to Curb Predatory Lending

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate has begun consideration of legislation (S.J. Res. 15) to rescind a federal bank agency rule that facilitates predatory lending. A vote is expected around 5:30 pm et. The rule, issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), makes it easier for lenders to charge high interest rates, in violation of state usury laws, through “rent-a-bank” schemes . “The OCC rule promotes illegal, predatory lending that traps financially vulnerable families in debt,” said Center for Responsible Lending Director of State Policy Lisa Stifler , who recently testified

Advocates Applaud Senate Repeal of National Banking Regulator’s Predatory Lending Rule; Urge the House to Act Soon

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a 52 - 47 vote tonight, the U.S. Senate voted to overturn the OCC’s “fake lender” rule, which allows predatory lenders to evade state interest rate laws by putting a bank’s name on the paperwork. S.J. Res. 15, a resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), was introduced by Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH). Rep. “Chuy” García introduced a parallel resolution, H.J. Res. 35, in the U.S. House of Representatives. Now that the Senate approved the resolution, the House has until the end of this legislative session to vote on it. Advocates

Media Advisory: Hear about Real People Harmed by Rent-a-Bank Lending and Why Congress Must Rescind the OCC’s Rule Now

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Join us today, Monday, May 10 at 2:30 pm ET to hear about the real world impacts of the "fake lender" rule and why Congress must immediately pass S.J. Res. 15 / H.J. Res 35 under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal the rule. The fake lender rule by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) protects predatory lenders that evade state interest rate laws by laundering their loans through a rogue bank. RSVP now. Hear about: A restaurant owner fighting $67,000 in loans at 268% APR loan , a rate the predatory lenders are justifying by the OCC rule; A disabled

New Bank Regulator Leadership Welcome; Congress Still Must Roll Back Rule Promoting Predatory Lending

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Advocates welcomed reports that Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen plans to appoint a new acting head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), replacing Blake Paulson, in light of the highly deceptive and false claims that the agency, under Paulson’s leadership, put forward as Congress debates overturning the OCC’s “fake lender” rule. The fake lender rule will enable a massive expansion of predatory lending in all 50 states if the rule is permitted to remain in effect. Congress must pass the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution introduced by Senators Sherrod

Credit Union Regulator Must Not Facilitate Predatory Lending, Groups Say in Comment Letter

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last Friday, credit unions and advocates registered their strong opposition to a proposal by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) that would allow credit union subsidiaries to engage in predatory lending that is explicitly illegal for federal credit unions. The proposal by NCUA, which regulates credit unions across the country, would do significant harm by permitting high-cost lending to credit union members and consumers. The harm may be especially pronounced for communities of color, which are disproportionately impacted by predatory lending. The Center for

Senate Hearing Shows Bank Rule That Helps Predatory Lending May Soon Be Nixed By Congress

Video highlights, below, on the harms of predatory rent-a-bank schemes WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Development held a hearing, “The Reemergence of Rent-a-Bank?,” focused on legislation to rescind a bank regulator rule that facilitates this predatory lending scheme. The regulation, issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), can be eliminated through a legislative tool that prevents the possibility of a Senate filibuster, but that action must be taken before an upcoming deadline in May. Video highlights of the hearing

New Report Shows Saving for Mortgage Down Payment is a Substantial Barrier to Homeownership that Particularly Hits Communities of Color and Essential Workers

Data reflects dire need for down payment assistance and student debt relief that would help support path to homeownership WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) released a new report “ Hardship for Renters: Too Many Years to Save for Mortgage Down Payment and Closing Costs .” The report calculates how long it would take for a typical renter household to save for a mortgage down payment and closing costs for a median-priced house and how this varies by race/ethnicity, household type, location, and occupation. For instance, the report data show that the typical white

CRL Applauds Confirmation of Vanita Gupta as Associate Attorney General

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Vanita Gupta to be Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Gupta is the first woman of color to hold the position. Center for Responsible Lending President Michael Calhoun issued the following statement: Vanita Gupta is an accomplished advocate and litigator who has led the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) under President Barack Obama. Her history of public service and proven track record of fighting for civil rights and economic fairness is second to none. Ms. Gupta has devoted her