Puerto Rico’s Cooperativas Resilient Despite Crisis, Lack of Oversight, Regulatory Board Says

Puerto Rico’s cooperativas—island guaranteed credit unions—have thrived despite repeated crises and poor supervision by its regulator, the territory’s oversight board said in a report last week. “The cooperative system proved to be resilient through…disasters and played an important role in enabling the recovery process to start,” the oversight board, created by Congress to oversee the island’s recovery from bankruptcy said in a fiscal report that must be prepared for all government agencies on the island. Puerto Rico has faced a fiscal crisis, devastating damage from hurricanes and now the coronavirus crisis. The oversight board has the responsibility of assisting the

House Committee Approves Defense Bill That Would Provide Credit Unions—But Not Banks—With Free Rent

A House committee late Wednesday approved legislation that would continue to provide credit unions—but not banks—free rent on military installations. Voting just before midnight, the House Armed Services Committee approved its version of the huge annual defense authorization legislation 56-0. The bill now goes to the House floor. The bill does not change the rent provision that has been contained in the annual defense bill during the past several years. That provision provides credit unions with free rent on military bases as long as 95% of the membership serviced by the branch are military members. Banks are not provided with

Former Rep. Barney Frank: Dodd-Frank Has Held Up ‘Pretty Well’

Ten years after President Obama signed the (Dodd-Frank) Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the law has “held up pretty well,” former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said Tuesday. Speaking at a virtual conference co-sponsored by the Brookings Institution and the University of Michigan, Frank said that Republican members of Congress have attempted to repeal the Obama Administration’s health overhaul bill “every other week,” but have not mounted a serious attempt to repeal Dodd-Frank. “It was too popular,” Frank said. Obama signed Dodd-Frank on July 21, 2010. The law is informally named after Frank, who chaired the House Financial Services

Supreme Court Ruling Creates More Uncertainty for CFPB’s Future

Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upending the leadership structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau did little to quell the arguments over the controversial agency and its work.

For credit union trade group and critics of the agency, the ruling did not go far enough since it did not rule the single-director structure unconstitutional. They said they hope the decision will increase the chance that Congress will enact legislation converting the agency into a commission.