House GOP Demands Info About ‘Secret’ Postal Banking Pilot

Key House Republicans want to know why the U.S. Postal Service “quietly” launched a banking pilot program without consulting with members of Congress.

“As you know, we strongly object to the concept of postal banking, and the Postal Service lacks the statutory authority to expand its non-postal banking services absent Congressional approval,” House Oversight and Reform Committee ranking Republican James Comer of Kentucky and House Financial Services Committee ranking GOP member Patrick McHenry of North Carolina wrote in a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Friday.

Dem Bill Takes Aim at Bank Mergers, But Not Credit Union Deals

Contending that banking regulators have rubber-stamped thousands of mergers, two Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require a more thorough review of such deals.

The bill, introduced in the Senate by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. and in the House by Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García, D-Ill., does not include credit union deals in the list of mergers they believe should be more closely reviewed.

Harper: Exams Demonstrate Need for Consumer Protection Focus

Citing deficiencies that National Credit Union Administration examiners found during the past year, board Chairman Todd Harper renewed his call Thursday for the agency to develop a separate consumer protection examination.

“We should be going in and looking at [credit union] consumer protection compliance systems,” Harper said, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking Committee.

Banker–But No CU Official–to Testify at House Competition Hearing

A hearing on consolidation in the financial services industry will feature the perspective of the American Bankers Association, which has warned about the impact of credit unions purchasing banks.

The Sept. 29 hearing of the House Financial Services Committee’s Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions Subcommittee, will not feature a representative of the credit union industry.