David Berenbaum, a consumer activist, finds himself in rare agreement these days with bankers who claim that a proposed mortgage rule that takes effect next year would hit low- and moderate-income consumers hardest.

Berenbaum, the chief program officer at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, is best-known for filing complaints against banks and mortgage lenders claiming high minimum FICO scores on Federal Housing Administration loans have cut off access to credit to African-Americans, Hispanics and immigrants.

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