Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., is also planning to hold hearings on subprime and predatory lending and the impact they have on minority and low-income borrowers."For these consumers, the American Dream can truly become a nightmare," Sen. Dodd said at an annual Rainbow PUSH/Wall Street Project summit hosted by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and business leaders. Sen. Dodd said too many subprime borrowers end up paying "unnecessarily high rates and fees and hidden back-end costs. In the worst instances, homebuyers are slowly robbed of their homes' equity until they, and their families, end up in default and foreclosure." The new chairman did not indicate a timetable for hearings. Besides mortgage lending practices, he also wants the committee to examine credit card practices, wage and salary stagnation among working families, affordable housing, and financial literacy.

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