Congress should enact marijuana banking legislation and then tackle the larger issue of legalization, Colorado Democratic Gov. Jared Polis told Democratic senators last week. “Not only are cash-only businesses targets for crime, cannabis businesses are further disadvantaged compared to other legal businesses by being unable to open bank accounts or obtain loans at reasonable rates,” Polis wrote in a letter to Democratic senators who are seeking comment on broad legalization legislation. He continued, “The cannabis industry is simply too large to be prohibited from banking opportunities, and the Senate must remedy this harm by bringing this measure up for a
A proposal to require financial institutions to report certain transactions by customers and members still is alive, following Senate approval of its massive budget resolution.
An attempt to place the Senate on record as opposing that proposal failed on Tuesday.
National Credit Union Administration Chairman Todd Harper says a 36% interest rate cap on consumer loans would have no impact on credit unions. Credit Union trade groups say the cap would force credit union members to take out larger, longer-term loans. The CEO of the Essential Credit Union says that a 36% cap is fine with him. Confused? Who wouldn’t be?
Financial services companies would continue to make loans—and make money on the deals—if Congress decides to place a 36% interest rate cap on short-term loans, Richard Williams, president/CEO of the Essential Credit Union told a Senate committee Wednesday.
Key Democratic senators vowed Wednesday to block marijuana banking legislation unless it is enacted as part of a comprehensive federal cannabis legalization measure.
The Senate on Tuesday passed a resolution that would rescind a Trump Administration rule that credit union trade groups say allows predatory online lenders to “rent” a bank to evade consumer protection laws.
The Senate passed the resolution 52-47; it now goes to the House. If the House passes it and President Biden signs it, the rule, issued by the Trump Administration’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, would be rescinded. In addition, the OCC would be prohibited from issuing a rule that would accomplish the same goal.
A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday introduced legislation that would make it easier for credit unions and banks to provide financial services to marijuana-related businesses.
Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Steve Daines (R-Mt.) and 27 cosponsors introduced the bill. The same bill was introduced last week in the House.
Senate Republicans blocked legislation Thursday that would have prevented the federal Economic Impact Payments from being garnished for the payments of debts owed.
Without such legislation, credit union and banking trade groups have said they may have to allow court-ordered garnishment of the payments.
Saying that federal law hampers lending by credit unions, two senators have introduced legislation that would increase the loan maturity cap of 15 years on credit union loans to 20 years.
Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) have pushed similar legislation in the past, but Cortez Masto said the pandemic has increased the need for credit unions to have more flexibility to offer loans to members.
Senate Banking Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) intends to introduce his “Banking for All Act” again this year. It would allow anyone to set up a free bank account at a bank, credit union or Post Office. The bank account, known as a FedAccount, would serve as a digital wallet and would solve the problem of delivering stimulus payments and tax credits to citizens who do not now have bank accounts.