Policymaking

Ex-chair of Senate Banking panel to retire after 2022 midterms

02/08/21

Sen. Richard Shelby. R-Ala., served two stints as head of the committee. He announced Monday that he will not run for reelection when his term expires.

[more]

OCC’s fair-access rule is anything but fair

01/22/21

It would force national banks to make loans to high-risk industries that often pose dangers to vulnerable communities. The next comptroller of the currency should instead promote equal credit availability for consumers who need it most.

[more]

Katie Porter off House banking panel: Report

01/15/21

The California Democrat known for sharp questioning of executives was turned down for a waiver to serve on the Financial Services Committee by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., The Hill reported Thursday.

[more]

‘COVID, COVID, COVID’: Pandemic set to dominate ’21 banking agenda on Hill

01/04/21

The Georgia runoffs and resulting balance of power in Congress will help determine which bills on bankers’ wish list gain traction. But regardless, existing coronavirus relief such as the Paycheck Protection Program and a push for more economic aid will remain top of mind for lawmakers and the industry.

[more]

Has the OCC become too politicized?

12/30/20

Bank regulators traditionally steer clear of more divisive debates in a polarized Washington. But some observers worry acting Comptroller Brian Brooks has gone too far by wading into issues such as public health orders and banks' decisions to curtail services to the gun and fossil fuel industries.

[more]

It’s official: Yellen is Biden’s pick for Treasury

11/30/20

The incoming administration chose a battle-tested policymaker who can draw on her nearly two decades at the Fed to help rebuild an economy still struggling from the coronavirus pandemic.

[more]

Fed wants banks to say what they’re doing to promote diversity

09/08/20

Even though financial institutions have "slightly" stepped up assessments of diversity practices, "we are not satisfied with the level of responsiveness,” a senior Federal Reserve official said in congressional testimony.

[more]

Banking super PAC moves closer to announcing Senate endorsements

08/28/20

Friends of Traditional Banking is focusing on four GOP senators in tight races as it prepares to endorse two incumbents for the November elections.

[more]

Are public-private partnerships the future of postal banking?

08/28/20

Bankers have long opposed the idea of the U.S. Postal Service taking deposits and making loans directly, but some in the industry are open to the idea of letting banks and credit unions offer services at post offices.

[more]

Brokered deposit law is woefully outdated

08/07/20

As more consumers do business online, some deposits are being unfairly categorized as brokered, inviting burdensome regulatory scrutiny.

[more]