The Center for Responsible Lending and the National Consumer Law Center (on behalf of its low income clients), as part of a coalition of consumer and civil rights groups wrote the comment letter included on this page, which details the groups' strong opposition to a proposed rule from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)’. The proposed rule would allow predatory non-bank lenders to launder their loans through banks to evade state interest rate caps. The proposal is outside the OCC’s statutory authority; it is not justified by any evidence of problematic impact on legitimate bank operations; and the OCC has failed to consider the strong likelihood that the proposal will unleash a torrent of predatory lending. The proposal will take away powers that states have had since the time of the American Revolution to protect their residents.