Congressional Leader: Rep. Linda Sánchez Discusses Impact of Payday Loans with #StopTheDebtTrap Members

At a September 22 roundtable in Los Angeles, CA, Representative Linda Sánchez (CA-38) joined community leaders to discuss the impact of predatory payday lending.  Local consumers shared their experiences being caught in the “debt trap” created by payday loans. Rep. Sánchez endorsed a push by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to put in place rules to curb the worst payday lending abuses. In California, payday lending activity is increasing—according to the state’s Department of Business Oversight, over 12 million loans were made in 2014 at a value of over $3.3 billion dollars.

Establishing the proposed CFPB rules on these abusive loans would go a long way to stopping the financial heartaches created for millions of California families who get caught in the payday loan debt trap.” comments Rep. Sánchez. “We need rules which require lenders to make sure consumers can repay their loans and make sure those struggling to get by don’t get trapped by these predatory lending practices.

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