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November 21, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Appropriations released a Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill that would make an enormous policy change: it would eliminate the independent funding stream for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Congress should pass policy changes in the light of day, not as a toxic rider attached to a budget. Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Director of Federal Advocacy Scott Astrada released the following statement: Financial predators are hoping to hitch a ride on a budget bill. Their rider would severely weaken...
November 16, 2017
Federal Legislation Would Open the Door for Triple-Digit APR Loans to Enter States with Interest Rate Caps WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Financial Services Committee last night passed H.R. 3299, the so-called Madden bill, which would make it easier for payday lenders and other usurious lenders to use "rent-a-bank" schemes to charge distressed borrowers triple-digit interest rates that would otherwise violate state law. Among those threatened by this legislation and its Senate companion S. 1642 are more than 90 million Americans who live in states with interest-rate caps of 36% or lower on...
November 15, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Center for Responsible Lending President Mike Calhoun released the following statement today on Richard Cordray’s decision to step down as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) later this month: Director Richard Cordray has proven to be a tireless and effective public servant. Under his watch, the CFPB has cracked down on the tricks and traps of payday lenders, credit cards companies, debt collectors, and bad actors in the industry from taking advantage of distressed Americans. Through his effort, Director Cordray has worked to recover more...
November 10, 2017
Advisory for Monday, Nov. 13 to Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 Negotiated rule making process will include various education and consumer advocates from across the country. WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, November 13, 2017, at approximately 9 a.m. ET the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) along with various advocacy organizations including Consumers Union will participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) negotiated rulemaking process on the Borrower Defense to Repayment Rule. This will be one of three meetings where CRL and other participants will gather with DOE officials to...
November 1, 2017
Washington, D.C. – Today, President Trump signed into law a bill, H.J. Res. 111, that takes away Americans’ right to have their day in court when they are defrauded by banks, credit card companies, payday lenders, student loan servicers, and other financial companies. It does so by rescinding a rule, issued by the independent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which would have restored the right of similarly harmed consumers to band together to challenge financial institutions in court. Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Senior Policy Counsel Melissa Stegman released the following...
October 25, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Nikitra Bailey, an Executive Vice President with the Center for Responsible Lending testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee hearing entitled, “Sustainable Housing Finance: Private Sector Perspectives on Housing Finance Reform.” Bailey reviewed the secondary mortgage market’s history as it relates to low-wealth communities and consumers of color, citing past federal policies that excluded communities of color from homeownership, and its accompanying opportunity to build wealth. Bailey’s testimony today underscores how federal policy has both...
October 24, 2017
Rescinding CFPB arbitration rule denies Americans the freedom to seek justice through our court system. WASHINGTON, D.C. – This evening, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would repeal the independent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) rule on forced arbitration. The CFPB rule prohibits consumer contracts from denying Americans the right to band together in a lawsuit against a company for misconduct. The measure passed only with the Vice President’s tie-breaking vote and only under the special fast-track procedure known as the Congressional Review Act (CRA). If the President...
October 18, 2017
A lawsuit filed yesterday by 17 states and the District of Columbia accuses Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of illegally delaying enforcement of a rule designed to eliminate federal education funding from low-performing career college programs. The rule known as gainful employment was adopted by the previous administration in response to widespread concerns over the quality of instruction at these institutions. In recent years, a series of lawsuits brought by states and federal agencies challenged whether taxpayer-funded educational assistance was reaped a fair return. The rule known as...
October 16, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its annual Student Loan Ombudsman Report. Over the past year, the Bureau received nearly 23,000 complaints involving private student loans, federal student loan servicing and related debt collections. Additionally, the report recounts in detail how borrowers of all ages are experiencing difficulties accessing consumer protections authorized by existing laws and regulation. In response to the report, Whitney Barkley-Denney, a policy counsel and student loan specialist with the Center for Responsible Lending...
October 5, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Center for Responsible Lending, Americans for Financial Reform, People’s Action, and representatives of the Stop the Debt Trap campaign, hosted a press teleconference with reporters to discuss the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) new rule to limit short-term payday and car-title lenders’ ability to trap borrowers in an endless cycle of debt. The payday lending rule will result in fewer families falling into financial ruin. At the heart of the rule is the common sense principle that lenders check a borrower’s ability to repay before lending money....

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