WASHINGTON - A letter signed by 2,100 groups and individuals - including more than 200 mayors - was sent to lawmakers Thursday to protest legislation that would dilute the Community Reinvestment Act.

"At a time when Congress is planning to drastically cut federal spending for community rebuilding, it makes no sense to eliminate CRA's effectiveness in bringing private capital to communities that need it most," said Seattle Mayor Norman Rice, who presented the letter to members of the House and Senate banking committees in a ceremony on Capitol Hill.

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