House Bill Introduced to Support Minority-Owned Banks

A group of three Democratic lawmakers — Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) and Dwight Evans (D-Pa.) — yesterday introduced H.R. 3741, a bill that would codify and enhance the Minority Bank Deposit Program, which encourages minority- and women-owned banks and credit unions serving low-income communities to become depositaries and financial agents. The program was created by the Treasury Department in 1969 to help facilitate access to reliable and stable funding sources for these institutions to better serve their local communities.

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Monica C. Meinert

Monica C. Meinert is deputy editor of the ABA Banking Journal and editorial director at the American Bankers Association, where she oversees ABA Daily Newsbytes.