McHenry Accuses Waters of Wasting Financial Services Committee’s Time by Focusing on Dead Legislation

The Democratic leadership of the House Financial Services Committee is pursuing a purely partisan agenda and is pushing dead-on-arrival legislation that will not help Americans weather the coronavirus pandemic, Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, the committee’s ranking Republican, charged Thursday. “Since June 3, 2020, the Committee has focused on pursuing a purely partisan agenda,” McHenry wrote in a letter to committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). “There have been no bipartisan policy discussions. No overtures to reach across the aisle. No willingness to entertain, let alone find bipartisan solutions.” The Financial Services Committee traditionally has been a highly partisan committee,

House Appropriators Approve Bill with CDFI Boost, Postal Banking Pilot

The House Appropriations Committee Wednesday approved an FY21 financial services spending measure that includes an $11.5 million boost for the Community Development Financial Institutions program. Voting 30-22, the committee approved the bill that would provide $273.5 million for the program in FY21. The bill also would provide the NCUA’s Community Development Revolving Loan Fund with $2 million in FY21. The program received $950,00 this year. Rep. Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) told the committee that the CDFI program has worked extremely well in areas of his district. The Trump Administration has proposed eliminating the program in each of its budgets. The report

House Bill Includes $273.5 Million for CDFI Program for FY21

The House Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday will consider FY21 spending legislation that would provide $273.5 million for the Community Development Financial Institution program.

That would represent an $11.5 million increase from this year’s total, but much less than program advocates wanted. Wednesday’s markup of the financial services funding bill is the first step in the FY21 CDFI appropriations process.

CUNA Sends Pandemic Legislative Wish List to Congress

In a wish list sent to every office on Capitol Hill Tuesday, the Credit Union National Association renewed its call to allow expanded business lending by credit unions for one year to help businesses weather the coronavirus pandemic. A one-year exemption from the current Member Business Lending cap would open up some $5 billion for investment and could create as many as 50,000 jobs, CUNA said.

House Recovery Bill Ignores NCUA Requests for Member Business Lending Boost, Capital Requirements Decrease

The coronavirus relief bill unveiled by House Democrats Tuesday would not increase the credit union Member Business Loan cap or decrease capital standards—two major priorities of the NCUA and credit union trade groups.

The $3 trillion, 1,800-page bill includes about $1 trillion in aid to states and local government, as well as extended unemployment benefits and additional stimulus payments to taxpayers. It also would provide a safe harbor for financial institutions providing services to marijuana-related business.