President-elect Biden has chosen Rohit Chopra to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Chopra helped Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) organize the bureau, so it appears that the agency will be returning to a stricter regulatory stance.
The agenda for the January board meeting of the National Credit Union Administration has been released. On the agenda is a rule on Risk-Based Net Worth, an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the simplification of Risk-Based Capital Requirements, a proposed rule on CUSOs, a notice of proposed rulemaking on the CAMELS rating system and the agency’s annual performance plan.
Former National Credit Union Administration board members and credit union lobbyists speculate on the legislative changes that will occur now that the Democrats will control the Senate.
Financial regulators proposed in October codifying a policy statement that supervisory guidance does not create legally binding obligations. Senator Toomey (R-Pa) doesn’t think that goes far enough.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau officials say they are suspending a reorganization plan that had been blasted by Sen. Sherrod Brown and 83 consumer groups as weakening the agency. It is expected that Biden will replace the current director with one more interested in a strict regulatory approach.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has released all of its FY21 spending measures. The Financial Services bill eliminates all funding for the Community Development Revolving Loan Fund. Proposed spending on CDFIs remains the same as the past year.
During his testimony before the Senate Banking Committee, National Credit Union Administration Chairman Rodney Hood said the Share Insurance Fund remains strong and that the Central Liquidity Facility changes that are set to expire at the end of the year need to be extended. He said the CLF needs the increased borrowing authority to continue dealing with the economic problems arising from the pandemic.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a 653-page debt collection rule that does not apply to first-party debt collectors like credit unions. However, it will apply if a credit union hires a professional debt collector.
CUNA and NAFCU have all sorts of suggestions on how the NCUA can help credit unions during the coronavirus economic crisis.
Democratic members of the Senate Banking Committee and House Financial Services Committee have introduced legislation to extend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to cover financial institutions. While it won’t pass in this session, it may be an indicator of Democratic goals if they win a majority in both houses of Congress.