House Bill Includes $273.5 Million for CDFI Program for FY21

The House Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday will consider FY21 spending legislation that would provide $273.5 million for the Community Development Financial Institution program.

That would represent an $11.5 million increase from this year’s total, but much less than program advocates wanted. Wednesday’s markup of the financial services funding bill is the first step in the FY21 CDFI appropriations process.

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

House Recovery Bill Ignores NCUA Requests for Member Business Lending Boost, Capital Requirements Decrease

The coronavirus relief bill unveiled by House Democrats Tuesday would not increase the credit union Member Business Loan cap or decrease capital standards—two major priorities of the NCUA and credit union trade groups.

The $3 trillion, 1,800-page bill includes about $1 trillion in aid to states and local government, as well as extended unemployment benefits and additional stimulus payments to taxpayers. It also would provide a safe harbor for financial institutions providing services to marijuana-related business.