Democratic House Appropriators Want Postal Banking Test

Democratic House Appropriators this week jumped on the postal banking bandwagon, calling for a pilot program to test the concept.

In the report accompanying its FY21 spending measure, Democrats on the House Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee said that post offices could play a crucial role in providing banking services. The subcommittee did not provide any funding for the pilot, but simply gave directions for the Postal Service to test the concept.

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

Democratic Senators Call for Streamlined PPP Forgiveness Application

All 45 Democratic senators are pushing the Trump Administration to develop a streamlined process for the smallest businesses to obtain loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program.

The 45 senators, in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza, did not go as far as credit union trade groups, which have called for automatic loan forgiveness for certain borrowers.