House Panel Approves Bill to Require Regulators to Focus on Charter Simplification

The House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday approved legislation which would require federal financial regulators to develop a strategic plan to encourage the chartering of new credit unions and banks. The panel approved H.R 4590 by voice vote. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jake Auchincloss, D-Mass., would require the regulators to conduct an 18-month study examining the challenges that newly chartered credit unions and banks face. Following that study, the regulators would be required to develop a strategic plan to promote creation of new financial institutions, particularly minority depository institutions and community development financial institutions. In a memo prepared for

House Bill Likely to Retain Postal Banking Pilot

A Republican effort to kill a postal banking pilot program contained in the House version of the FY22 Financial Services spending bill failed Monday.

The decision by the House Rules Committee not to allow Republicans to offer that amendment during floor debate of the measure all but guarantees that the $6 million pilot program will be in the House-passed version of the appropriations measure.

NCUA Awards Credit Union Charter to Lancaster, Pa. CDFI

The National Credit Union Administration announced Tuesday that it was awarding a federal charter and share insurance fund coverage to establish the Community First Fund Federal Credit Union in Lancaster, PA.

The credit union will be operated by the Community First Fund, a Community Development Financial Institution. Establishment of the credit union is partially being funded by philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, who has provided $10 million to the group to support its work on racial equity and economic mobility. Scott is the ex-wife of former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.