House Members Introduce Legislation to Lift MBL Cap During Crisis

Two House members have introduced legislation that would lift the member business lending cap during the pandemic in an effort to allow credit unions to make more loans during the economic crisis.

Reps. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) introduced legislation Monday that would lift the cap of 12.25% for up to one year after the national emergency has ended. The exemption prohibits any business loan that would undermine the safety and soundness of a credit union.

Biden Administration Promises Smoother PPP Process

The Biden Administration has been studying the Paycheck Protection Program loan processes and has made some changes designed to smooth the process, cut down on fraud, and give the smallest businesses access to the loans. For two weeks beginning on Wednesday, PPP applications will be limited to businesses with fewer than 20 employees. Other changes have been made to the program too.

In Ongoing Feud, NCUA’s Hood Blasts McWatters Over Cost of Office Furniture

Former National Credit Union Administration Chairman Rodney Hood took to Twitter to accuse former Board Member J. Mark McWatters of exorbitant spending on office furniture that is now being sold at a government auction. McWatters said that Hood’s comments give an inaccurate reflection of the situation and that he has no idea why Hood is bringing up the issue now. McWatters left the NCUA Board in November.

CU Trades Say Premium Not Needed Despite 1.26% Equity Ratio

The Normal Operating Level of the Share Insurance Fund, set by the National Credit Union Administration before the pandemic, is 1.38%. The ratio currently sits at 1.26% and at 1.20% the NCUA will be required to develop a restoration plan that will involve additional premiums on credit unions. The Credit Union National Administration, the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions and the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors all oppose a premium now, arguing that the ratio is higher because of economic stimulus payments to members and that charging credit unions additional premiums during an economic downturn is not a good plan.