In an open letter to the new Congress, Rebeca Romero Rainey, the president/CEO of the Independent Community Bankers of America, outlined the current priorities of community bankers, including a request that Congress re-examine the credit union tax exemption.
The American Banker’s Association endorsed Todd Harper’s appointment as the board chairman of the National Credit Union Administration. After praising him, they went on to urge him to be a credit union watchdog and not a credit union cheerleader.
CUNA has decided to temporarily suspend all campaign contributions. Its Political Action Committee is one of the largest contributers to the members of Congress objecting to counting Electoral College votes from Arizona and Pennsylvania.
Financial and industry trade groups, including the Credit Union National Association and the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, would like guidance and rules for the new Paycheck Protection Program issued soon so that there will not be constant updates and changes like those that occurred during the first PPP. The groups sent a letter to the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department, suggesting comprehensive and timely guidance on the program rules so that a smooth implementation can occur.
The National Credit Union Administration board’s decision to allow low-income, complex, and new credit unions to issue subordinated debt is another sign that the industry is eroding the mission of the institutions, banking lobbyists charged this week.
“This rule is yet another example of the NCUA pushing the envelope and expanding credit union powers well beyond limits justifying the industry’s tax exemption,” Rebeca Romero Rainey, president/CEO of the Independent Community Bankers of America said Thursday.
The NCUA board approved a final rule Thursday allowing credit unions to issue subordinated debt for purposes of regulatory capital treatment.
In a letter to congressional leaders, some 100 business groups including the Credit Union National Association, the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, the American Bankers Association and the Independent Community Bankers of America, call on Congress to enact legislation to forgive all Paycheck Protection Program loans of up to $150,000 using a one-page application. Meanwhile the Small Business Administration is facing a judicial deadline to make information on PPP loans public.
Former Sen. Roger Jepsen (R-Iowa), who chaired the National Credit Union Administration board from 1985 to 1993, died Friday in Bettendorf, Iowa. He was 91. President Reagan nominated Jepsen as NCUA chairman after Jepsen was defeated by former Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin. Jepsen “was well-liked and respected in the credit union community,” NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood said. NCUA officials noted that Jepsen led the agency during a period of great change, which included the conversion of more than 400 state-chartered credit unions to federal insurance coverage, as well as the adoption of the CAMEL rating system. Jepsen also chaired the
In response to the Treasury Department’s proposed changes to the CDFI application process, Joseph Pigg of the American Banker’s Association points out that nearly half of all credit unions are now designated as “low income” and questions whether they should meet the definition of CDFI.
The NCUA board adopted a proposed rule that states that the NCUA will not take action, solely based on administrative guidance, against a credit union.
In April, the Small Business Administration indicated that SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advances would be treated as grants, but now says the forgiven amount of a Paycheck Protection Program loan must be reduced by the EIDL Advance, causing trouble for both borrowers who owe the money and the lenders who will have the unforgiven part of the PPP loan on their balance sheets. Meanwhile, the SBA’s Inspector General released a devastating report that thousands of ineligible businesses received PPP loans.