US Senators Introduce National Interest Rate Cap Bill

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US CapitolFour Democratic US Senators want to establish a national usury rate for credit transactions. S. 2730, dubbed the “Protecting Consumers from Unreasonable Credit Rates Act of 2023” says that “attempts have been made to prohibit usurious interest rates since colonial times” but that high interest rates have prevailed because of loopholes, safe harbor laws, and the “exportation of unregulated interest rates permitted by preemption.”

The solution to all this, it says, is a nationwide 36 percent rate cap that no one can ever circumvent and for which no exemptions would be allowed. The bill repeatedly references “consumers” and makes no mention of commercial or business credit. The bill would technically amend the Truth in Lending Act, however, so TILA covered parties are the likely covered parties for this bill as well.

The sponsors are Sen. Durbin, Sen. Blumenthal, Sen. Merkley, and Sen. Whitehouse.

This bill is new. Whether it progresses remains to be seen.

Last modified: September 12, 2023

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