NCRC Opposes Weakening the CFPB

As Expected, Effort Underway To Weaken Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

NCRC’s John Taylor Says Financial Lobby Strangling Reform

Washington, DC – John Taylor, CEO and President of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, released this statement today about the markup of legislation by the House Financial Services’ Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. Two bills before the Committee, introduced by U.S. Representatives Sean Duffy and Spencer Bachus, weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) by standing in the way of vital consumer protection measures and changing the bureau’s leadership.

“As most Americans continue to feel the dire impacts of the Great Recession, financial lobbyists are strangling the life out of financial reform. Wall Street got us to this place, and now its lobbyists are rewriting history, blaming anyone but the investment banks and lenders for our economic problems. Even before the ink dries on the bill creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the lobbyists are tearing it up. Incredibly, these Congressional proposals will help them do that, ignoring the mistakes of the past. NCRC members warned this would happen, that attempts would be made to weaken the first ever consumer loan protection office that should have been more powerful to begin with. This effort should be given no time and rejected out of hand.”

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition yesterday joined dozens of other consumer, civil rights and labor organizations opposing the Bachus and Duffy bills.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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