CUNA Advocacy Update

Here is what you need to know about credit union advocacy this week:

  • The House will elect a new Speaker this week, as Speaker Boehner steps down.  Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is expected to be elected Speaker, setting off a race to replace him as head of the tax writing panel.  Representatives Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Pat Tiberi (R-OH) are vying for that position.
  • The Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday on regulatory burden facing credit unions and small banks in rural areas.  Carrie Wood, president and CEO of Timberland FCU will testify.
  • Retail groups are making an aggressive push to get state attorneys general to send a letter to Congress encouraging an EMV mandate, but CUNA and Leagues are pushing back in partnership with national and state banking associations.

In Congress

The main event in the House this week will be the election of the Speaker of the House.  Representative Paul Ryan is expected to succeed House Speaker John Boehner in an election that will take place on Wednesday.  In addition, the House is expected to consider H.R.1090, the Retail Investor Protection Act, a short term extension of the surface transportation authorization bill and legislation to raise the debt ceiling.  It is also possible that the House will consider legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.   The Senate is expected to complete consideration of S. 754, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA).  In addition, the Senate may consider the short term extension of the surface transportation authorization bill if the House completes action.    This week there is just one hearing on interest to credit unions:   Wednesday

  • The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit will hold a hearing on “The State of Rural Banking: Challenges and Consequences.”  Carrie Wood, president and CEO of Timberland FCU, will testify.

H.R. 1090, the Retailer Investor Protection Act

CUNA supports H.R. 1090, which would stop the Department of Labor from implementing its fiduciary proposal.  We have sent several comment letters to the Department of Labor in opposition to this proposal and we also encouraged Congress to consider this issue and move legislation:

We will send a letter to the House of Representatives later this week encouraging passage of this legislation.

Pending Regulatory Comment Calls

CUNA intends to comment on the following pending regulatory proposals.  For our comment letter to have the greatest impact, we need to hear from you.  Please consider whether and how these proposals would affect your credit union.  If you have feedback or questions regarding any proposal, please contact the CUNA staff listed with each proposal. We encourage Leagues and credit unions to use PowerComment to file comment letters with regulators.  For more information regarding these proposals, please follow the links below:

Issue Comment Period Deadline Agency CUNA Staff Contact
OMB Request to revise existing information collection regarding CUSOs October 28, 2015 NCUA Andy Price
ALM/SAR Filing Requirements for Financial Advisors November 2, 2015 FinCEN Luke Martone
Request to Develop Survey on POS/ATM Overdraft Disclosures November 3, 2015 CFPB Luke Martone
Definition of “small entity” under the Regulatory Flexibility Act November 23, 2015 NCUA Lance Noggle

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