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Consumer Protection Agency Unveils New "Payday" Lending Rules

Religious Anti-Poverty Coalition Releases Statement

WASHINGTON - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau releases new rules governing "payday" lending - high interest loans that affect low-income communities. New regulations assess a borrower's ability to repay loans and meet basic living expenses. Payday lenders are now prevented from directly withdrawing funds from a borrower's bank account under certain circumstances.

Eric LeCompte, executive director of the religious anti-poverty coalition Jubilee USA releases the following statement:

"These new payday rules mark an important step forward for responsible lending and borrowing. 

"Nobody should take out high-interest loans that can make a bad economic situation even worse.

"Some borrowers lose their bank accounts because of overdrafts when payday lenders directly extract funds. Access to a bank account is important for individuals struggling financially.

"Some payday lending is actually predatory lending. Predatory practices must be discouraged.

"These rules are a good first step. We also need strong state laws and we need Congress to support these rules."


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