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Contact: Vicki Christner – CUNA Communications; 202-329-9950; firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington, DC (December 5, 2017) – The Senate Banking Committee voted to pass the CUNA-backed, bipartisan Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155) Tuesday. CUNA strongly supports the bill, which contains several regulatory relief provisions for credit unions.
“Advancing this bill through committee is a strong first step, but credit unions must remain engaged and keep up the momentum to get this bill to the finish line,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “We saw at the markup that the regulatory relief measures in this bill have strong bipartisan support, and CUNA will continue its advocacy push to help move this bill forward."
Provisions that would offer regulatory relief for credit unions include exempting one-to-four unit, non-owner occupied residential loans from a credit union’s member business lending cap, freeing up to as much as $4 billion in additional capital credit unions could lend. Other provisions include changes to mortgage servicing and lending rules, help protecting credit union employees who report suspected elder financial abuse and requiring the Treasury to study cyber risks.
Many members of the committee specifically noted the bill’s tailored approach to credit unions and other community financial institutions.
“This bill is a good first step in the right direction, common-sense regulatory reform for small and mid-size community banks and credit unions,” said Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.). “Community banks and credit unions, it's been said repeatedly, did not cause the crisis, and a one-size-fits all rule package is not what we need.”
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said the winners of this bill are “consumers who have been caught in the crossfire of more protection, but less access [to financial services].”
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), said the bill makes appropriate changes to the Dodd-Frank Act without undermining it. “I think the basic tenets of Dodd-Frank will stand test of time. But after seven years, it needs some revisions,” he said. “I believe what we’re doing here is an effort to help Main Street by rolling back regulations on community banks, credit unions and some regional banks.
Many provisions in S. 2155 are consistent with the goals of CUNA's bipartisan, pro-consumer Campaign for Common-Sense Regulation.
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