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.

Community Bankers Pushing Anti-Credit Union Agenda in Virtual D.C. Conference

The policy agenda being circulated during the Independent Community Bankers of America’s “2021 Capital Summit” contains major anti-credit union rhetoric, including pushing plans to eliminate the credit union tax exemption, getting credit unions covered by the regulations in the Community Reinvestment Act and insisting that the National Credit Union Administration is failing to properly regulate and oversee the industry. Other than that, their policy objectives are very similar to the Credit Union National Association’s and the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions.

Loosely Regulated Fintech Companies Pose Risks to Credit Unions, CEO Tells House Panel

The House Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions Subcommittee held a hearing on trends in institutional charters that highlighted the different views on proper regulation of fintech companies and how the current regulatory arrangements may be becoming disadvantageous to credit unions. Carlos Pacheco, CEO of Premier Members Credit Union in Boulder, Colo., gave a credit union’s perspective to the legislators.

Banking Chairman Brown Pushing Federal Digital Wallet Proposal

Senate Banking Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) intends to introduce his “Banking for All Act” again this year. It would allow anyone to set up a free bank account at a bank, credit union or Post Office. The bank account, known as a FedAccount, would serve as a digital wallet and would solve the problem of delivering stimulus payments and tax credits to citizens who do not now have bank accounts.