WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers are calling on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to explain its rationale behind new fair lending guidelines for auto lenders.

The House Republicans, including 27 members of the Financial Services Committee, sent a letter dated Thursday to the bureau expressing concern about the intent and methodology of the guidelines. In March, the CFPB told indirect auto lenders to improve oversight of dealers they work with, warning them of reported interest rate disparities in car loans given to minority borrowers.

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