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

CU, Banking Trade Groups Fighting 36% Loan Interest Rate Cap Legislation

Credit union and banking trade groups are asking Congress to ignore proposals to impose a 36% fee and interest cap on loans made by financial institutions.

“The proposed 36% fee and interest cap would make it more difficult for many consumers to obtain credit, thereby harming the very consumers the legislation seeks to protect. Congress should reject these legislative measures,” the 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, wrote, in a letter to the Senate Banking Committee.