For the first time in more than 60 years, starting this week, credit unions in the nation’s capital may be chartered through the District of Columbia government.
A new NCUA policy on counting servicemembers in determining whether a credit union is” low-income” is an illegal expansion of the limits Congress has placed on the institutions, the Independent Community Bankers of America charged Thursday.
“The NCUA’s changes–made without a formal rule subject to public review and comment–is another example of this captive regulator expanding the powers of credit unions well beyond the limits established by Congress to justify their tax exemption,” ICBA President/CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey said.
The NCUA will now count military personnel in determining whether a credit union qualifies for the agency’s low-income designation.
Postal banking is back.
As policymakers battle over how to deal with the mounting losses facing the United States Postal Service, supporters of a plan to allow post offices to provide basic financial services are renewing their arguments that postal banking could help save the system.
With the pandemic crisis taking up so much time and energy, it is understandable that people may forget about the everyday nuts and bolts of government.
Consider, for example, the NCUA board. The term of board member J. Mark McWatters expired in August. Sources in the credit union community said they have not heard any discussion of replacing him.
NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood will join other financial regulators when they testify before the Senate Banking Committee on May 12.
Democratic senators on Monday demanded that CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger abandon efforts to overhaul the agency’s controversial payday lending rule, contending that political appointees exerted improper influence in the process.
Clashing with NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood, board member Todd Harper is asking Congress not to reduce credit union capital standards in response to the coronavirus crisis.
“Reductions in capital standards could ultimately lead to greater losses for the Share Insurance Fund, which all surviving federally insured credit unions would need to pay,” Harper wrote to leaders of the House and Senate committees with NCUA oversight powers.
House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is firing back at lawmakers who have called for allowing installment and payday lenders to be eligible for Paycheck Protection Loans, contending that such companies engage in predatory lending practices.
A coalition of supporters of the Community Development Financial Institutions program has asked Congress to set aside $1 billion for the program in the next coronavirus economic relief measure.
In a letter to congressional leaders, the groups, including CUNA, contend that federal financial relief funding is not reaching small businesses and families that are not served by mainstream lending institutions. CUNA noted that there are 324 CDFI-certified credit unions across the country.