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OCC announces final rule to amend licensing procedures

Monday, the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) published a final rule amending its licensing and merger procedures that will make it more difficult for community groups to comment on bank merger applications.  Jesse Van Tol, CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, made the following statement: “It appears the OCC is doubling down …

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OCC’s new True Lender rule opens the door to more abusive lending

In a final rule issued Tuesday, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency sanctioned high-cost lending arrangements between state-licensed non-banks and national banks. As a result, payday lenders and others charging triple-digit interest rates will be able to conduct business in states where high-cost lending is prohibited by state law.

Study: After the coronavirus shutdowns, employment levels rebounded completely for White entrepreneurs in North Carolina, but not for Black ones

Although active employment rates in North Carolina’s small businesses dropped broadly during the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic, by the end of August the rate had returned to pre-COVID levels for White entrepreneurs, but was still down by 62% for Black business owners, a new study shows. The study, from the National Community …

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NCRC applauds preliminary injunction to postpone effective date of HUD’s disparate impact Rule

Today, the United States District Court of Massachusetts found in favor of the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center and Housing Works, Inc. and issued a preliminary injunction to postpone the start date of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) new disparate impact rule, which had been finalized by the agency in September.

NCRC disappointed by Senate vote against CRA resolution

Today, the Senate failed to pass H.R. Res 90, which would have overturned new rules on the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) finalized by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in May. On a party line vote, Senate Democrats voted in support of the resolution that would nullify the OCC’s weakening of CRA rules, while Senate Republicans voted to keep them in place.

Trump Tweet Halts Passage of HEROES Act

Today, President Trump tweeted that he has rejected the House Democrats “request,” referring to the latest edition of the HEROES Act, an economic stimulus package to protect and help people recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. He also said no further negotiations will take place until after the election.

Community Reinvestment Groups Press Lawsuit Against Trump Admin for Dismantling Anti-Redlining Rules

Late Monday, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and the California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC), represented by Democracy Forward and Farella Braun + Martel, responded to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) attempt to dismiss their suit challenging its dismantling of anti-redlining rules put in place to enforce the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).