During a more-than four-hour oversight hearing of the nation’s largest banks today, Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R-Ind.) commended the 727,000 workers employed by the firms—as well as the 2 million employees working in the U.S. financial services industry—for their efforts during the pandemic.
Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) and Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) today introduced a new bill, the No Red and Blue Banks Act, that would prohibit the General Services Administration from “awarding contracts to certain insured depository institutions that avoid doing business with certain companies that are engaged in lawful commerce based solely on social policy considerations.”
Ahead of the release of the president’s budget tomorrow, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told House appropriators that funding is needed for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to build its beneficial ownership database—something ABA has long advocated for.
Testifying before the House Financial Services Committee today, Acting Comptroller of the Currency Michael Hsu said that the OCC needs to determine how to charter fintech firms in a “safe and sound way, where we can adapt to the innovation.”
The American Bankers Association and a group of financial trade associations expressed opposition today to the Non-Judicial Foreclosure Debt Collection Clarification Act (H.R. 2547), a bill that would reverse a Supreme Court decision clarifying that a business engaged in non-judicial foreclosure proceedings is not a debt collector.
The American Bankers Association today reiterated its opposition to a Congressional Review Act resolution that would repeal the OCC’s “true lender rule.”
The American Bankers Association today submitted a letter of support for H.R. 2561, the Promoting Access to Capital in Underbanked Communities Act of 2021, which would establish a three-year phase-in period for new banks to comply with federal capital standards, among other provisions designed to promote de novo banking.
In an address during ABA’s Emerging Leaders Forum today, Rep. Young Kim (R-Calif.), one of the first Korean American women to serve in Congress, thanked the banking industry for its work getting funds to small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program and urged attendees to engage with lawmakers and share how important banking is to communities.
Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) today urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to reconsider its decision to postpone the effective date for the General Qualified Mortgage final rule from July 1, to Oct. 1, 2022, and extend the temporary “GSE patch.”
To help expand access to banking services and promote financial inclusion, Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) last week introduced H.R. 2561, the Promoting Access to Capital in Underbanked Communities Act of 2021, which would establish a three-year phase-in period for new banks to comply with federal capital standards, among other provisions designed to promote de novo formation.