Congress is preparing to pass legislation that contains a $12 billion set-aside for the Community Development Financial Institutions program, and extensions of the Paycheck Protection Program, the Troubled Debt Restructuring provisions, and the pandemic-related provisions of the National Credit Union Administration’s Central Liquidity Facility. Congress is combining the coronavirus economic stimulus bill and the FY21 omnibus appropriations measure into one bill totally 5,593 pages.
A guide to what must happen and what may happen as Congress rushes to wrap everything up in the two weeks that remain before it adjourns for the year.
During his testimony before the Senate Banking Committee, National Credit Union Administration Chairman Rodney Hood said the Share Insurance Fund remains strong and that the Central Liquidity Facility changes that are set to expire at the end of the year need to be extended. He said the CLF needs the increased borrowing authority to continue dealing with the economic problems arising from the pandemic.
A group of House members is pushing their leaders to extend two provisions of coronavirus economic stimulus laws that the group says is crucial to the ability of banks and credit unions to help their customers and members weather the pandemic. Led by Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), the group wants any future coronavirus legislation to include an extension of the temporary Troubled Debt Restructuring and the National Credit Union Administration’s Central Liquidity Facility provisions that were included in coronavirus economic stimulus legislation earlier this year. Both provisions are scheduled to expire at the end of the year and the House
Due to federal programs, credit unions and banks have experienced major changes to their balance sheets, which may push them across regulatory thresholds. Sen. Crapo wants regulators, including the NCUA, to use their discretion to minimize the impact of this problem.
The President and three Republican senators are sick and there is a Supreme Court nomination to be fought over. It is not clear how much attention will be available for the coronavirus economic stimulus bill and other issues important to credit unions and their members.
A new House Democratic economic stimulus plan is the basis for renewed negotiations. Here’s a review of the provisions in it.
The National Credit Union Administration’s Chairman Rodney Hood and Board Member Todd Harper addressed participants at the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Union’s virtual Congressional Caucus. Hood talked about his attempts to exempt credit unions from the Current Expected Credit Losses Standard and Harper discussed the NCUA’s approach to the pandemic.
The Senate Republican “skinny” economic stimulus bill failed to get the necessary votes to open debate on the bill. Since the bill failed, it is unclear whether Congress will enact any of the credit union priorities before leaving at the end of the month.
The Senate returns this week and the House will return next week. There is still much to be done and it is unlikely that Congress will get to everything related to credit unions before the election. Here is a summary of the decisions and legislation that remain.