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June 21, 2017
Measure Would Strengthen Enforcement of Consumer Protection Laws for Military Servicemembers and their Families WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) announced its endorsement of the Military Consumer Enforcement Act, a bill introduced today by former Army Ranger Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Members of the Armed Services and the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs committees respectively. The legislation would give the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) authority to oversee and enforce compliance with...
June 20, 2017
"Instead of criticizing the Consumer Bureau, the Committee should be working to ensure CFPB remains a strong agency to stop abusive financial practices." WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) sent a letter to House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) rebutting the committee's majority staff report criticizing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) role in investigating Wells Fargo's fraudulent account scheme. "The evidence, as publicly available prior to the issuance of the...
June 14, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced its decision to rollback important rules that protect students from the abusive practices of predatory for-profit institutions—the Borrower Defense to Repayment and Gainful Employment regulations. The announcement detailed not just delays in implementation and enforcement of the current rules but an entirely new rulemaking process. Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Policy Counsel Whitney Barkley-Denney released the following statement: We are deeply disappointed in the Trump Administration’s continued effort to put...
June 12, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yana Miles, a Senior Legislative Counsel at the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), released the following statement today after the U.S. Department of the Treasury released its review of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a bill signed into law in 2010 that reformed our financial system to prevent abusive financial practices and avoid another Great Recession: The Treasury Department’s report offers no real solutions to make consumer protection a top priority. It recommends politicizing and weakening the Consumer Financial...
June 8, 2017
Wrong Choice Act eviscerates consumer protections and eliminates safeguards to prevent another Great Recession WASHINGTON, D.C. – Later today, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass H.R. 10, the so-called Financial Choice Act, an extreme measure that would roll back Dodd-Frank. This radical bill, dubbed the Wrong Choice Act, would expose American families to risky financial practices that were the primary culprits of the 2007 financial crisis and the ensuing Great Recession. The legislation severely obstructs the work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), an...
June 6, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A group of national civil rights organizations sent a letter to U.S. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) today urging them to fight against legislative efforts that would eliminate affordable housing goals in GSE reform. The letter is in response to a recent housing report released by the Bipartisan Policy Center. The report recommended policies that would make it extremely difficult for low-income families and communities of color to participate in the housing market today and in the future. The letter was signed...
June 2, 2017
One year ago, CFPB issued a proposed rule to stop the debt trap. Today, Congress seeks to advance bill to gut CFPB and give a free pass to payday lenders. The CFPB's ability to issue a strong rule against the abuses of 300% payday loans is exactly why Congress should be defending the CFPB, not attacking it. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumer advocates and civil rights organizations are calling on Congress to let the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finish its job of finalizing a strong rule on payday and car-title lending. A year ago today, people from across the country...
May 31, 2017
OAKLAND, Calif. – AB 784, a bill to curb abuses by lenders charging more than 100% interest on loans of more than $2,500, was stalled in the Assembly Appropriations Committee last Friday, effectively preventing the proposal from moving forward to a floor vote. Earlier last week, Assembly Banking Committee Chair and author of the bill, Matt Dababneh (D-Encino), proposed a set of amendments that would have greatly limited the bill's protections by exempting car-title loans and loans that could be targeting small business. Dababneh's provisions would have allowed lenders to charge borrowers...
May 31, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced the launch of DeVos Watch, a new online resource that will elevate emerging issues affecting actions and developments pursued by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The online platform will be hosted on Senator Warren's website. Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Counsel Ashley Harrington released the following statement: We applaud Senator Warren's leadership for holding Secretary DeVos and the Department of Education accountable to students and parents. This new resource will be valued not...
May 24, 2017
WASHINGTON – Consumer and civil rights groups released the following statements today following oral arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in PHH Corporation vs. CFPB. The hearing is a result of the Court’s decision to grant the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) petition for the full court to hear the case following a panel’s erroneous 2-1 ruling (PDF) that the President may remove the CFPB Director without cause. The panel’s decision last year undermines the agency’s independence to regulate the financial services industry and protect consumers from bad...

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