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Letter to CFPB on Payday Lending Rule Payment Protections

August 12, 2019
Payday and Other Small Dollar Loans
Letters to Congress

Consumer watchdog groups urged the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to take action immediately to implement the payment provisions in its payday lending rule, whose compliance date is August 19, 2019. These provisions restrict payday and vehicle-title lenders from attempting to withdraw money from borrowers’ bank accounts after two attempts have failed, a practice that significantly harms struggling consumers. The safeguards will help consumers avoid fees for unsuccessful debit attempts that can also put their bank accounts in jeopardy. The CFPB is refusing to take steps to implement the provisions and protect consumers. The letter was sent by Public Citizen, Americans for Financial Reform Education Fund, the Center for Responsible Lending and the National Consumer Law Center (on behalf of its low-income clients).