The Federal Housing Finance Agency on Friday announced that on Aug. 1, it will eliminate a controversial 0.5% fee on refinancing of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae mortgages, a fee that the Trump Administration had said was needed to help the Enterprises weather the coronavirus economic crisis.
Key Democratic senators vowed Wednesday to block marijuana banking legislation unless it is enacted as part of a comprehensive federal cannabis legalization measure.
Small credit unions play a vital role in the credit union community, but they face daunting challenges that larger institutions find easier to conquer, the Credit Union National Association said in a new report, released Tuesday.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s so-called “rent-a-bank” rule that allowed banks and savings and loans to provide their charter to online lenders with annual interest rates exceeding 100% is dead.
President Biden officially killed the rule Wednesday by signing a resolution repealing it. The House approved that resolution last week; the Senate had passed it earlier.
Credit union trade groups are warning Congress that proposals to establish a public credit reporting agency within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would give the agency enormous new power that it should not have.
The House Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee on Thursday approved an FY22 spending bill that would provide a huge 167% increase for the National Credit Union Administration’s Community Development Revolving Loan Fund program.
The Credit Union National Association on Tuesday endorsed the Biden Administration’s FY22 budget requests for the Community Development Financial Institutions program and the National Credit Union Administration’s Community Development Revolving Loan Fund program.
The House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday will mark up legislation to make pandemic-related changes to the National Credit Union Administration’s Central Liquidity Facility permanent.
Credit union trade groups and NCUA Chairman Todd Harper have called on the House and Senate to enact those changes, contending that they are needed, as credit unions recover from the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. The provisions currently are set to expire at the end of the year.
The House next week will consider a resolution that would rescind a Trump Administration rule by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency that credit union trade groups contend allows predatory online lenders to “rent” a bank to evade consumer protection laws. “In order to rein in predatory lenders and ‘rent-a-bank’ schemes, S.J. Res. 15 would overturn a rule by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and allow states once again to regulate these lenders and protect consumers,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) wrote in a letter to colleagues outlining the June House agenda. Republicans have
A Biden Administration proposal to create new reporting requirements for financial institutions is far more expansive than expected, financial trade groups told the House Ways and Means Committee this week.