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Maxine Waters: The OCC Must Enforce the CRA

Maxine Waters: The OCC Must Enforce the CRA

by Starling Insights

Starling Insights Editorial Board

Nov 21, 2023


Earlier this month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered Citibank to pay $25.9 million in fines and consumer redress for discriminatory practices against Armenian American credit card applicants from 2015 to 2021. Following this, last week Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to Acting Comptroller of the Currency Michael Hsu urging him to consider additional actions against Citibank, including downgrading its Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rating.

Waters highlighted that Citi employees engaged in discriminatory practices based on stereotypes about Armenian criminality. This seems to contradict the bank's rating of "Outstanding" in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)'s most recent CRA performance evaluation, issued in 2021. Water called on the OCC to promptly examine the case and take appropriate measures to hold the bank accountable. "The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) is a crucial tool in promoting economic development and fair lending practices in communities across the country," Waters asserted.

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