Legislative & Political News

House Passes Gottheimer-Lucas Bill for Transparency, Accountability at Federal Reserve

The U.S. House last week passed the Federal Reserve Supervision Testimony Clarification Act (H.R. 974) sponsored by Congressmen Josh Gottheimer (D-05) and Frank Lucas (R-OK), both members of the House Committee on Financial Services. The bill mandates that in the absence of a Vice Chair of Supervision on the Federal Reserve Board, someone from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors must appear before Congress to testify on supervisory issues. It also mandates that the Vice Chairman for Supervision must provide written testimony, in addition to verbal testimony.

Staff Changes in Two NJ Delegation Offices Announced

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) announced this week that Kari Osmond and Courtney Cochran have been promoted to the position of deputy chief of staff. Osmond had been Watson Coleman’s district director. Cochran had been the communications director and press secretary in the Washington office.

Budget Proposal Again Nixes CDFI Funding, Brings CFPB into Appropriations Process

The Trump Administration has released additional details for the president's proposed budget for fiscal year 2020 (FY2020). The proposal shows similarities between previous ones including elimination of the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, bringing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) under the appropriations process, increasing government-sponsored enterprises' (GSEs) guarantee fees and reforming the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Frivolous ADA Lawsuit Against Ohio CU Dismissed

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has dismissed a lawsuit against an Ohio credit union alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). CUNA and the Ohio Credit Union League filed an amicus brief in Mitchell v. BMI Federal Credit Union as part of the CUNA/league defense of credit unions facing frivolous ADA suits.

CUNA Details Effects on CUs of Warren CRA Legislation

CUNA responded to several recent inaccurate reports about its support of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) new housing bill, which CUNA, leagues and credit unions worked with Warren on for months, in a recent Removing Barriers Blog entry. Through these advocacy efforts, Warren’s bill does not place credit unions under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), as the version introduced in the previous Congress would.

Strong, National Data Security/Privacy Standard Only Way to Stop Breaches

Stringent data protection requirements is a hallmark of the financial services industry, but the lack of standards for other entities mean current data security and privacy laws do not work, CUNA wrote Friday. Its letter was sent to Senate Banking Committee leadership in response to an invitation of stakeholder feedback on collection, use, and protection of personal information by financial regulators and private companies.

Warren Bill is Proof CU Difference Resonates, Says Donovan

The credit union mission and structure is a tentpole of credit unions’ advocacy playbook because it resonates with lawmakers, CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan wrote in Credit Union Times this week. This is evidenced by successful CUNA, league and credit union engagement with Sen. Elizabeth Warren over the last several months.

Senator Warren Releases CRA Bill Reflecting Months of CUNA/League Engagement

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released an updated version of her housing legislation Wednesday, a version of the bill that reflects significant engagement between CUNA, leagues, credit unions, and Warren. Unlike the previous version, the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act of 2019 would not require credit unions to comply with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).

CU Leaders Visit Capitol Hill on Behalf of Members

Credit unions could be spotted in every single Congressional building on Capitol Hill Wednesday as credit union leaders visited with elected officials to tell stories about the credit union difference, including New Jersey credit union advocates (see related story above). The visits are an annual tradition that is part of the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).

NJ Joins Annual Hike-the-Hike During CUNA’s GAC, Meetings Held with All 14 Delegation Offices

WASHINGTON – After wrapping up at the Wednesday morning session at CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference, leaders in attendance headed to Capitol Hill for meetings with their legislators. Fourteen professionals and volunteers from seven New Jersey credit unions joined NJCUL President/CEO David Frankil and Vice President of Corporate & Governmental Affairs Chris Abeel and CUNA Engagement Consultant Sterling Nowka in meetings with the offices of all 14 members of New Jersey’s delegation.

Vice President Pence Delivers Message to Credit Unions

WASHINGTON – At the Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference (CUNA GAC) Tuesday, credit union professionals from around the country gathered to hear Vice President of the United States Mike Pence recognize credit unions for the vital role they play in the American economy.  

Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill Visits With NJ CU Advocates at League’s GAC Dinner

WASHINGTON – Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-11), one of the newest members of the state’s congressional delegation, joined New Jersey credit union advocates at a New Jersey Credit Union League dinner in Washington, D.C. Tuesday evening. The dinner was held for NJCUL-member credit unions that are in Washington this week for CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).

CUNA Backs SAFE Banking Act to Allow Financial Services to Legal Cannabis Businesses

The absence of access to financial services for legal cannabis-based businesses is a significant public safety issue, CUNA wrote to Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), Denny Heck (D-Wash.), Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) and Warren Davidson (R-Ohio). The legislators introduced the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, which would offer protections to credit unions and other financial institutions to offer services to cannabis-based businesses.

Record-Breaking 100 Young Professionals 'Crash the GAC,' Take Part in CU Advocacy Efforts in Nation’s Capital

CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle welcomed a record-breaking class of “crashers” Sunday at CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), including our New Jersey representative Amanda Meeker from Jersey Shore FCU. Meeker is sharing photos in the NJ CU Emerging Leaders Facebook group and will be sharing her experience in an upcoming blog post.

Marijuana Banking Bill Introduced in U.S. House

Legislation to provide a safe harbor for credit unions and other financial services providers that serve marijuana-related businesses in states where the drug has been legalized in one form or another was introduced Thursday by Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Denny Heck (D-WA).

Can’t Make it to CUNA GAC? Here’s How to Follow the Action

For those unable to join the more than 5,000 credit union leaders at this year’s CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), it’s possible to follow along the conference via social media and other channels. CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle’s keynote address will be streamed live online, and attendees will be on social media using the #CUNAGAC hashtag.

Robust Security Standards Needed for All Data-handling Entities, CUNA Letter for the Record Notes

The cornerstone of any new data privacy requirements should be robust data security requirements for entities that collect consumers’ personal information, CUNA wrote to the House Homeland Security sub-committee on investigations Wednesday. CUNA’s letter was submitted for the record of the sub-committee’s Thursday hearing on private sector data breaches.

Governor Murphy Presents Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Entitled "A Blueprint for the Middle Class”

Governor Phil Murphy Tuesday presented his Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020) budget to a joint session of the state Legislature, a plan he said, “to put New Jersey on a responsible path forward through over $1.1 billion in sustainable savings and support for the middle class through targeted investments in NJ TRANSIT, school funding, social services, and property tax relief.”

Senator Menendez Names New Legislative Director

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) has named Rebecca Schatz as his new Legislative Director. Schatz has been serving as his legislative counsel and has covered the senator’s financial services and housing portfolios on the Senate Banking Committee. She has been the primary contact for the New Jersey Credit Union League (NJCUL) in the Senator’s office.

Court Grants Preliminary Approval of Wendy’s Lawsuit Settlement

On February 26th, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania granted preliminary approval of a proposed settlement in First Choice Federal Credit Union v. The Wendy's Company, a data breach lawsuit brought by CUNA, leagues and credit unions affected by a data breach. The parties submitted their proposed settlement to the court February 13, which would conclude the lawsuit stemming from a 2016 data breach at certain Wendy’s franchise locations.

Push for Data Security Continues with CUNA Letter to All 535 Congressional Offices

CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan wrote to 535 Congressional offices Thursday continuing CUNA’s call for data privacy and security legislation. Thursday’s outreach is part of several efforts for CUNA on the topic of data privacy this week, CUNA also wrote to the House and Senate Commerce Committees for the record of their data privacy hearings.

CUs' Diversity and Inclusion Commitment Outlined for Financial Services Subcommittee

CUNA and its members are committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion continue to play a meaningful role in every aspect of the credit union system, CUNA wrote for the record of a subcommittee hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. The hearing, titled “An Overview of Diversity Trends in the Financial Services Industry,” will be the first conducted by the House Financial Services subcommittee on diversity and inclusion, newly formed for the 116th Congress.

Small Business Disclosure Bill Passes State Senate with League Requested Amendments

State legislation (S2262) that supplements New Jersey’s “Small Business Loan Act” by applying some disclosure provisions of the federal “Truth in Lending Act” (TILA) to certain loans made to small businesses in the state passed the Senate last week 35-0. The measure was amended in at the NJCUL’s request to exempt credit unions and Credit Union Service Organizations (CUSOs).

CUNA Engaged with Data Privacy, CDFI, Diversity Hearings this Week

CUNA wwas engaged with a variety of hearings in both chambers of Congress this week, including ones on data privacy and diversity in financial services. The Senate Banking Committee met in executive session to vote on NCUA board nominees Rodney Hood and Todd Harper, and nominee for director of the Federal Housing Finance Administration Mark Calabria (see related story).

Governor Signs Paid Family Leave Expansion

Governor Phil Murphy yesterday signed into law legislation to expand the state’s paid family leave program. The legislation (A3975) extends leave time limits, provides higher compensation to those taking leave, covers more family members, broadens job protections and boosts awareness of the program.

CUNA Stresses Need for ADA Lawsuit Solution to New Attorney General

CUNA wrote to newly-confirmed U.S. Attorney General William Barr Tuesday to call attention to the legal threats facing credit unions due to uncertainty with how the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to Web sites. Due to a lack of specific guidance, credit unions around the country have been hit with frivolous lawsuits claiming non-compliance with the ADA.

Governor to Sign Paid Family Leave Expansion Today

Governor Phil Murphy will be at the JFK Library in Piscataway this morning where he will sign into law legislation to expand the state’s paid family leave law. The legislation (A3975) expands leave times, provides higher compensation to those taking leave, covers more family members, expands job protections and boosts awareness of the program.

FHFA Should Continue Partnerships Between CUs, FHLBs, GSEs

Credit unions play an important role in the housing finance market, and have a vested interest in the ongoing stability of the secondary mortgage market that the next director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) will help oversee, CUNA wrote to the Senate Banking Committee Thursday. The committee heard testimony from several presidential nominees Thursday, including from Mark Calabria, current chief economist to Vice President Mike Pence and nominee to serve as director of the FHFA.

Settlement Proposed in Wendy’s Data Breach Lawsuit

A proposed settlement was submitted to the court in First Choice Federal Credit Union v. The Wendy's Company for approval Wednesday, which would conclude the data breach lawsuit from a 2016 data breach at certain Wendy’s franchise locations. CUNA, state leagues, and a number of credit unions are among the plaintiffs.

Access to Financial Services is Vital for Cannabusinesses, CUNA Witness Testifies

Allowing legal, cannabis-based businesses to receive mainstream financial services comes with challenges, but also community benefits, CUNA witness Rachel Pross told a House subcommittee Wednesday. Pross, chief risk officer at Maps CU, Salem, Ore., testified before the House Financial Services subcommittee on consumer protection and financial institutions on access to financial services in places where cannabis is legal.

Votes on Government-Funding Package Imminent as Deadline Approaches

The U.S. Senate and House could vote as soon as today on a package to fund nine federal departments and avoid another partial government shutdown. Leaders from the Democratic-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate announced the bipartisan deal earlier this week. While President Trump has given no indication one way or another, he is expected to sign it.

Congressman Kim to Hold Town Hall Meeting Saturday

Congressman Andy Kim (D-3) will hold a town hall meeting Saturday in Toms River to report on his first month in Congress. He will discuss efforts to lower prescription drug prices, protect Social Security and Medicare, and establish constituent service programs in both Washington and in New Jersey.

Sen. Booker Announces Leadership Changes in Senate Office

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced Tuesday leadership changes in his Senate office. Tricia Russell will be chief of staff, Nicole Morse will be deputy chief of staff for administration, Kristin Lynch will be communications director, and Jane Wiesenberg will be director of scheduling. The changes are effective immediately.

CUNA Witness to Appear Before HFSC Subcommittee Today

CUNA witness Rachel Pross will talk about the challenges facing legal cannabis-based businesses and financial institutions in those communities Wednesday before the House Financial Services subcommittee (HFSC) on consumer protection and financial institutions. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., and live video will be streamed on the committee’s Web site.

Bill to Rescind SALT Deduction Cap, Introduced by Sen. Menendez and Rep. Pascrell

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-9), senior members of the tax-writing Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees, unveiled a bipartisan, bicameral bill to repeal the federal cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions, imposed by the Trump Tax Law of 2017. With the beginning of tax-filing season underway, many taxpayers—especially in higher cost states like New Jersey—are just now realizing that they owe significantly more on their taxes as a result of the SALT cap.

CUNA Witness Testifies this Week, As Do NCUA, FHFA Nominees

CUNA will have a witness testifying on its behalf before a House subcommittee Wednesday and will be closely engaged with NCUA and Federal Housing Finance Administration nominees before a Senate committee Thursday. CUNA also continues to monitor negotiations for funding the federal government past Feb. 15, when it lapses.

Nussle Op-Ed Points Out Hypocrisy of Bank Attacks on Tax Status, Mergers

The latest bank attacks on credit unions have a new level of hypocrisy previously unseen in the financial services sector, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote in Credit Union Journal Friday. Responding to attacks on the tax status and emergency mergers by the big banks, Nussle pointed out the $21 billion windfall banks saw in 2018, and the recently announced merger that would create the sixth largest bank in the country.

Education on ‘The CU Difference’ Lays Foundation for Advocacy Work

By educating credit union members, they can in turn ensure policymakers know about the credit union difference, CUNA Chief Political Officer Richard Gose said Friday during a webinar on CUNA’s Member Activation Program (MAP). MAP allows credit unions to reach out to their members on certain campaigns, and CUNA launched its latest campaign on the credit union difference in January.

Congress Wrestles to Avoid Another Government Shutdown, NCUA Nominees under Consideration, CUNA to Testify at Cannabusiness Hearing

The short-term funding bill that ended the recent partial government shutdown is set to expire at midnight Friday. The House and Senate are expected to consider a longer-term funding solution this week to avoid another shutdown, though there are reports that the two parties are still in disagreement over some aspects, which could prevent a compromise from being reached. As Congress considers potential funding compromises, CUNA is working to ensure credit union priorities, such as full funding for the NCUA's Community Development Revolving Loan Fund (CDRLF), Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund and the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 7(a) and 504 loan programs, are included.

Treasury and IRS Issue Interim Guidance on Executive Compensation Excise Tax; Impacts CU Executive Pay

On December 31, 2018, the Department of the Treasury (Treasury Department) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2019-09 providing comprehensive interim guidance under section 4960 of the Internal Revenue Code to assist tax exempt organizations to comply with the new excise tax that was part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump in December 2017.

Sen. Booker Names New State Director

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced Hanna Mori has taken over as his state director, replacing George Helmy who left to become Gov. Phil Murphy’s new chief of staff. A veteran Booker administration staffer, Mori most recently served as the deputy state director. Zachary McCue has been promoted from projects director to replace Mori as deputy state director.

Restaurant Chain Hit by 18-Month Data Breach

Restaurant chain Huddle House has notified consumers of a breach to its point-of-sale (POS) system, which likely impacted 341 locations between over an 18-month period from August 2017 to February 1, 2019. The company said that malware was installed on POS systems to collect payment information, including cardholder name, card number and expiration date.

Sen. Booker Announces Presidential Bid

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) chose today, the first day of Black History Month, to make his long-anticipated announcement that he is running for president. He joins a growing list of candidates for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

HFSC Sub-committees Assignments Approved, Rules Adopted

The House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) yesterday approved rules for the panel and membership to its various sub-committees. Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) in her opening remarks noted that there is a new sub-committee, as well as name changes to some, as the committee hones its focus on initiatives that benefit consumers, small businesses and the economy as a whole, among others.

Senator Singer Visits First Atlantic FCU

EATONTOWN, N.J. – State Sen. Bob Singer (R-30) visited First Atlantic FCU Tuesday. NJCUL President/CEO David Frankil and Vice President of Corporate and Governmental Affairs Chris Abeel were on-hand for the meeting hosted by First Atlantic President/CEO John Culp and Board Chair Dr. Deborah Frank.

House Financial Services Committee to Hold First Meeting Today

The House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) will hold its first meeting of the 116th Congress today to adopt a resolution related to its governing rules and another one to name majority and minority committee members to sub-committees. HFSC member from New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-5) will serve on the following sub-committees: Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets; National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy, and; Diversity and Inclusion.

House Resolution Encourages FIs to Provide Solutions for Those Affected by Shutdown

The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday passed H. Res. 77, expressing the sense of Congress that “financial institutions and other companies should work proactively with their customers affected by the shutdown of the Federal Government who may be facing short-term financial hardship and long-term damage to their creditworthiness through no fault of their own.”

$15 Minimum Wage Bills on Fast Track

Legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour for all but a few worker categories passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee Monday along partisan lines. The measure was approved last week by the Assembly Labor Committee, also along partisan lines.

Lawmakers Seek Housing Finance Reform Details

House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH) are asking the administration for its housing finance reform plan following comments from Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Acting Director Joseph Otting.

$15 Minimum Wage Scheduled for Assembly Committee Action Today

Legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour for all but a few worker categories is scheduled for consideration in the Assembly Appropriations Committee today where it is expected to pass. The measure was approved Thursday by the Assembly Labor Committee, where the vote (6 to 3) was along partisan lines.

FHFA indicates housing finance reform coming soon

According to a story in Politico, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Acting Director Joseph Otting recently told staff to expect a housing finance reform plan from the administration and Treasury Department within the next month. After that, Otting said he expects significant progress to be made within "six to 18 months."

Congress Continued to Hear about CUs’ Support During Shutdown

Credit unions in every state, congressional district and community stepped up to help workers affected by the government shutdown, CUNA has told Members of Congress in weekly communications throughout the shutdown. Using information that credit unions are sharing with CUNA, the shutdown assistance page is helping to reinforce the "people helping people" philosophy at the core of the credit union makeup.

CUNA, NJCUL Respond to Senate Banking Committee Members’ Request for CU Services During Shutdown

CUNA sent information on credit union assistance efforts for members affected by the government shutdown to a group of five senators Thursday. Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), all members of the Senate Banking Committee, reached out to credit unions and other financial institutions Thursday seeking information about how federal workers are getting assistance. The NJCUL also responded individually to Sen. Menendez’s office to highlight the assistance New Jersey credit unions are offering.

CUNA, MCUL Defend CUs Against Frivolous ADA Lawsuits

CUNA and the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) filed two amicus briefs Tuesday in support of credit unions hit with frivolous lawsuits claiming violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). CUNA and the MCUL filed briefs in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of two credit unions both of which are being sued by the same plaintiff.

CUNA Shares CU Shutdown Aid with HFSC Chair Maxine Waters

Without having been asked by the government, credit unions are doing the right thing and assisting the federal workers furloughed by the federal government shutdown, CUNA wrote to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) Wednesday. Waters, chair of the House Financial Services Committee, reached out to CUNA for information on how credit unions are assisting those affected by the federal government shutdown.

CUNA, Leagues Continue to Urge Credit Unions to Share Special Government-Shutdown Assistance; Six NJ CUs Have Reported Assistance

As the partial government shutdown enters its second month, CUNA and the state leagues continue to encourage credit unions to share how their institution is supporting members affected by the partial government shutdown, the longest in history and now headed into its second month. Here in New Jersey six credit unions have shared what they’re doing to help members, Aspire FCU, Essex County Teachers FCU, Federal Employees (Newark) FCU, Fort Dix FCU, South Jersey FCU, and XCEL FCU. Alloya Corporate FCU is also offering special loans to credit unions providing assistance to impacted federal workers.

Rodney Hood Re-nominated to NCUA Board

President Donald Trump Wednesday nominated former NCUA board member Rodney Hood to fill the board seat currently held by board member Rick Metsger. Hood was nominated in the last Congress but not confirmed, and previously served as vice chair of the NCUA board under President George W. Bush.

Supreme Court Declines to Hear CFPB's Structure Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied certiorari to a lawsuit challenging the single-director structure of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). CUNA and the state leagues have been advocating on Capitol Hill for a commission structure at the CFPB to ensure long term continuity and stability in its policymaking.

House Poised to Vote on Stopgap Funding Options

The House is poised to vote this week on two short-term spending bills that would reopen the various departments and agencies affected by the ongoing partial government shutdown. One of the bills, expected to be voted on today, would fund the government through Feb. 1, while the other would fund it through Feb. 28.

Nussle Talks 2019 Goals, CUNA GAC and More on Podcast

CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle appeared as the inaugural guest on “The CUInsight Experience,” a podcast featuring thought leaders from around the credit union community. Nussle shared the latest on CUNA’s advocacy efforts, including 2018 victories and goals for 2019, and discussed his view of CUNA’s role in the credit union system, among other topics.

FHFA Nomination Sent to Senate

Mark Calabria, chief economist for Vice President Mike Pence, has been nominated to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Ensuring credit unions have access to a viable secondary mortgage market is a top priority for CUNA and the state leagues.

NJCUL-Supported Financial Education Mandate Signed into Law

Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver last week signed legislation (A-1414) requiring school districts to provide financial literacy education to middle school students in grades six through eight. The financial literacy instruction will emphasize budgeting, saving, credit, debt, insurance, investment, and other issues associated with personal financial responsibility to ensure New Jersey’s youth have access to the tools and foundation needed for sound financial decision-making.

CU-friendly Provisions Called for in Government Funding Legislation

CUNA wrote to leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees Monday to call for inclusion of House-reported language that contains credit union-friendly provisions in any final appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2019. The House and Senate are in Washington, DC this week and are expected to continue negotiations to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year.

Credit unions see victory with ADA ruling

WASHINGTON – The Fourth Circuit of Appeals has ruled in favor of Department of Labor Federal Credit Union (DOL FCU) related to a frivolous lawsuit alleging Web site non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A panel of federal appeals court judges determined the plaintiff lacked standing.

Comments on NCUA bylaws, fidelity bonds proposals due in January

This month, both the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) have comment deadlines for proposed rules. The NCUA proposals involve bylaws and fidelity bonds, while the FHFA proposal deals with amendments to Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) housing goals. CUNA will be submitting comments on each proposal.

House passes bill with CUNA-backed UBIT repeal

The House passed the Retirement, Savings, and Other Tax Relief Act (H.R. 88) Thursday, a bill that makes a CUNA-backed change to Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT). H.R. 88 contains a provision that would eliminate the new UBIT on not-for-profit transportation and athletic facilities fringe benefits.

CUNA, Leagues Back CU in ADA Case with Appellate Level Brief

CUNA joined the Illinois and Wisconsin Credit Union Leagues to file a brief Thursday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in support of a credit union facing a lawsuit due to uncertainty with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The brief is the latest in CUNA/league advocacy efforts to defend credit unions, and the second one filed at the appellate level, which would provide binding precedent in the 7th circuit.

2019 Advocacy Agenda to Continue Advancement of CU Movement

CUNA and the state leagues advocacy agenda for 2019 reflects the needs of the credit union movement and the realities of the 2018 mid-term election results. As the 116th Congress convenes and new leadership takes over at federal regulators including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and later the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), CUNA Chief Advocacy officer Ryan Donovan said the CUNA/league system is eager to continue its work for and alongside the credit union movement.

2018 Victories Set Up CU Momentum Going Forward

CUNA and the state leagues came into 2018 with a bold advocacy agenda and saw historic victories as a result of unparalleled engagement and 360-degree advocacy. Execution of this agenda in the legislative, regulatory and judicial arenas helped ensure credit unions and their members are well-positioned going into 2019.

CUNA Engaged with Government Funding, H.R. 88, Housing Finance Reform

CUNA is engaged with several happenings on Capitol Hill this week, including ongoing discussions to fund the federal government and the National Flood Insurance Program. Both are expected to expire at midnight Friday, and the House and Senate are expected to work this week on an agreement to fund government operations through all or part of remainder of fiscal year 2018.

Final Legislative Week on Capitol Hill

In the final scheduled week of the legislative calendar, Congress will need to pass a government funding bill to prevent a partial government shutdown and extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) before it lapses. Both are set to expire Friday. As of this writing, the Administration and legislative leaders have yet to reach an agreement on boarder security funding so a partial shut-down is possible.

Mark Calabria Nominated to Head FHFA

President Donald Trump Tuesday announced his intent to nominate Mark Calabria to succeed Mel Watt as head the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Watt, who recently faced allegations involving his alleged conduct while at the agency, is set to depart in January.

CECL ‘Inappropriate’ for CUs and Future Relief Needed, CUNA Writes Sub-committee

"Application of the Current Expected Credit Losses (CECL) standard to credit unions continues to be inappropriate," CUNA wrote to the House Financial Services sub-committee on financial institutions and consumer credit Tuesday. The sub-committee conducted a hearing yesterday on the impact of the standard, which was set forth by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).

BCFP follows CUNA recommendation with ‘no-action’ letter proposal

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP) will issue a proposal to revise its current “No-Action” letter policy following CUNA efforts to have the Bureau amend to provide clarity regarding enforcement and supervision expectations. The proposal will have a 60-day comment period after it is published in the Federal Register, which is expected soon.

CUNA calls for not-for-profit excise tax parity from Treasury

CUNA wrote to the Treasury Monday to call for parity for executive compensation at not-for-profit employers, agreeing with a recent letter sent by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) that called on the Treasury to provide parity between for-profit and not-for-profit organizations by grandfathering not-for-profit employer contracts in effect on or before Nov. 2, 2017.

CUNA engaged with CECL hearing, H.R. 88 consideration this week

CUNA will be engaged with several hearings in both chambers of Congress this week, including one on the impact of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) current expected credit loss (CECL) standard. The House and Senate are both in session this week, and could vote on a farm bill, as well as a tax bill that contains two CUNA-supported extensions of expired tax provisions, H.R. 88.

Mulvaney Thanked for BCFP Tenure, CUNA Renews Call for Commission

CUNA wrote to Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP) Acting Director Mick Mulvaney Thursday to thank him for his service during the 13 months he served as acting director for the agency. Kathy Kraninger was confirmed by the Senate to become bureau director Thursday; Mulvaney will continue his duties as director of the Office of Management and Budget.

BCFP Director Vote Today

The Senate will vote today on the nomination of Kathy Kraninger to lead the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP). Kraninger was nominated to replace Acting Director Mick Mulvaney and was approved by the Senate Banking Committee in August.

CUNA, Leagues, CUs Talk ADA Concerns at DOJ Roundtable

CUNA, leagues and credit unions participated in a Department of Justice (DOJ) roundtable Monday to discuss topics related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Credit unions in more than 30 states are facing lawsuits due to ambiguity about how the ADA applies to Web site, and CUNA has made finding a solution a top priority.

House Republicans Name Ranking Members for 116th Congress

The House Republican Conference chose ranking members for House committees in the 116th Congress last week, with several credit union supporters being named ranking members of notable committees. With Democrats taking control of the House for the next Congress, Democratic lawmakers will chair all House committees, with Republicans serving as ranking members.

BCFP Nomination Moves Closer to Final Vote

The Senate voted 50-49 to end debate on the nomination of Kathy Kraninger to lead the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP) Thursday, setting up a final vote on the nomination in the coming days. Kraninger was nominated to replace Acting Director Mick Mulvaney. The Senate Banking Committee approved her nomination in August.

NFIP Extension Passes Congress

Both the House and Senate passed a bill Thursday to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until Dec. 7. The program was set to expire at midnight tonight if the extension wasn't passed.

Needed BSA/AML Relief Outlined for Senate Committee

CUNA and the state leagues support efforts to track money laundering and terrorist financing but also believe it's important to strike the balance between the costs to financial institutions and the benefits to the federal government. CUNA sent a letter for the record of a Senate Banking Committee hearing on combating illicit finance.

BCFP Director Confirmation Expected

The Senate could vote on the nomination of Kathy Kraninger to lead the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP). Kraninger currently serves as an associate director at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). President Donald Trump nominated her in June to lead the Bureau.

CUNA Calls for CU Relief Changes in New Tax Bill

CUNA raised concerns with several taxes contained in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in a Tuesday letter to Capitol Hill lawmakers. The letter was sent to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) in response to Monday night’s release of the Retirement, Savings and Other Tax Relief Act of 2018 (H.R. 88).

Bowman Sworn into Fed

Former Kansas Bank Commissioner Michelle Bowman was sworn-in Monday to serve on the Federal Reserve Board. Bowman is the first Fed governor to fill a spot designated for someone with community banking experience.

Marijuana Legalization Clears Joint-Committee

Legislation (S2703) that would legalize recreational use marijuana in New Jersey gained the approval of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Assembly Appropriations Committee during a joint hearing Monday. The joint-committee voted seven to four in the Senate and six to three in the Assembly in support of the legalization, taxation and regulation of small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 years and older.

CUNA Urges OCC to Ensure CUs Remain Out of CRA

CUNA advocated against efforts to have the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) recommend that the Community Reinvestment Act be expanded to apply to credit unions in a letter written Tuesday. CUNA responded to an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking from the OCC on reforming the CRA regulatory framework.

BCFP Confirmation Vote Set for Next Week

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) filed cloture Thursday on several nominations, including Kathy Kraninger to lead the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP), setting up a Senate vote on confirmation for the week after Thanksgiving.

CUNA approves of strong GSE capital reqs, has impact concerns

CUNA welcomes the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) efforts to adopt strong capital requirements, but has concerns about the lack of analysis of the impact on the cost of conventional mortgage credit in the primary market. CUNA filed a comment letter with FHFA Thursday in response to a proposed rule on capital requirements for government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

CUNA Continues Work to Fix Excise Tax Disparity in TCJA

CUNA is continuing its advocacy with lawmakers to secure a fix for an excise tax contained in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA). The new law requires tax-exempt entities to pay a 21% excise tax on the five highest-paid employees’ compensation that individually exceed $1 million annually, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

NTIA Should ‘Seriously Consider’ CU Data Security Priorities

Credit unions have a long history of safeguarding information and are subject to numerous requirements, unlike others that use or maintain consumer information, CUNA wrote to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Friday. CUNA sent its comments in response to a request for comment on developing an administration policy for consumer data privacy.

Jersey City Payroll Tax Advances

The Jersey City Council introduced the payroll tax ordinance by a 7-0-1 vote. Wednesday's 90-minute hearing was the first time the council heard from the public on the proposed payroll tax, which would amount to one percent on any business's total non-resident payroll. The wages of Jersey City residents would be exempt. The council is expected to hold a final vote on the plan by the end of the year. All the money would be set aside for schools.

CUNA election whitepaper highlights election’s impact on CUs

Despite the divided Congress that will take office in January, CUNA, leagues and credit unions are well-positioned in a challenging legislative environment, CUNA noted in its post-election whitepaper, released Thursday. Titled “Credit Union-Friendly Majority in a Divided Congress,” the paper provides a comprehensive breakdown of credit union involvement in the election, what the results mean and CUNA’s plans for the 116th Congress.

CUNA’s Nussle, Donovan, Gose talk post-election picture for CUs

"Credit unions are well positioned after Tuesday’s election into the 116th Congress," CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle said during CUNA’s post-election webinar Thursday. Nussle was joined by Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan and Chief Political Officer Richard Gose to break down the election results, which can also be found in great detail in CUNA’s post-election whitepaper.

Congressman-Elect Jeff Van Drew at Rider University on Monday

Congressman-elect Jeff Van Drew will be the guest speaker at Rider University’s Rebovich Institute of Politics on Monday, November 12. The event is free and open to the public. NJCUL Vice President of Corporate and Governmental Affairs will be in attendance. Interested credit union advocates are encouraged to attend as well. Please contact Chris Abeel for additional information and registration, or feel free to register directly here.

Ten State Legislative Vacancies Decided Tuesday

New Jersey state legislative elections are held in even years but Tuesday there were ten special legislative elections, one for the state Senate and nine for the Assembly. These were essentially ratifications of the local Democratic parties’ choices to fill seats that had been vacated over the last year. 

CUNA to Host Post-Election Landscape Webinar Nov. 8

CUNA staff will host a post-election webinar Thursday, where CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle, Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan, Chief Political Officer Richard Gose and Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer for Political Action Trey Hawkins will give a comprehensive breakdown on how the election results will shape CUNA advocacy efforts going forward.

2018 Election Poised for Record-breaking $5.2 Billion in Spending, CULAC Remains Evenly Bi-partisan While Securities & Investment Industry Favors Dems and Bankers GOP

The Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) projects that more than $5.2 billion will be spent this election cycle, making it the most expensive midterm election by a wide margin. The overall estimated cost would represent a 35 percent increase over the 2014 cycle in nominal dollars, the largest increase in at least two decades.

One Week Until Mid-term Elections: NJ Candidates Supported, Voter Resources Available

CUNA and the state leagues have invested nearly $7 million in over 380 pro-credit union U.S. House and Senate candidates across the nation. This support included not only direct contributions to candidate campaign committees by CULAC, the Credit Union Legislative Action Council, but direct voter engagement via mailers, and television, radio and online ads in targeted districts.

REMINDER: The New NJ Paid Sick Leave Law takes effect October 29, 2018

Effective October 29, 2018, most private sector employers in New Jersey will be required to provide at least 40 hours of paid sick leave in a 12-month period to every New Jersey employee for their own diagnosis, treatment, or preventative care, or, for that of a family member. The law covers most employers and does not include a small business exemption or minimum number of employees. While there are a few exemptions for certain types of employees or employment situations, a credit union or credit union employee would not fall into one of the exemptions.

Special Advocacy Reception at Convention Puts Credit Union Volunteers at the Forefront of Political Advocacy

As part of its initiative to educate, train, and build an “army” of volunteer advocates, the New Jersey Credit Union League has extended an invitation to all New Jersey credit union volunteers attending its 2018 Convention to a special Advocacy Reception Sunday at 2:15 pm with special guest State Senator Jeff Van Drew, the leading candidate to replace retiring Congressman LoBiondo in the 2nd District.

Secure Choice Savings Program Passes Assembly Committee

The Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee Monday approved by an 8-3 vote legislation (A4134) that would establish a retirement savings program for certain private sector employees, the “New Jersey Secure Choice Savings Program.” The Senate companion bill (S2891) was scheduled for consideration by the Senate Labor Committee on Sept. 12 but was held at the sponsor’s request.

Secure Choice Savings Program Up in Assembly Committee Today

Legislation (A4134) that would establish the “New Jersey Secure Choice Savings Program,” a retirement savings program for certain private sector employees, is on today’s Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee agenda. The Senate companion bill (S2891) was scheduled for consideration by the Senate Labor Committee on Sept. 12 but was held at the sponsor’s request.

Secure Choice Savings Program Up in Assembly Committee Monday

Legislation (A4134) that would establish the “New Jersey Secure Choice Savings Program,” a retirement savings program for certain private sector employees, is on Monday’s Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee agenda. The Senate companion bill (S2891) was scheduled for consideration by the Senate Labor Committee on Sept. 12 but was held at the sponsor’s request.

Putting CUs under CRA is ‘a step backwards,’ Donovan in The Hill

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) proposal to place credit unions under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) would be a step backward in access to affordable mortgage credit, CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan wrote in The Hill Wednesday. Donovan’s op-ed was written in response to Warren’s bill that contains a provision placing credit unions under the CRA.

CUNA writes full Senate to oppose CRA provision in S. 3503

While the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act of 2018 (S. 3503) has a laudable goal, its provision to extend the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) to credit unions runs counter to the goal of increasing access to credit. CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote to all 100 Senators Wednesday to oppose the section in S. 3503 that would expand the reach of the CRA to credit unions, including to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the bill’s sponsor.

CUNA to Invest $7M in Mid-Term Elections

CUNA and the state leagues are investing a record-breaking $7 million in support of credit union-friendly candidates for the 2018 mid-term election cycle with most of the expenditures coming via from the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC), the federal political action committee of CUNA and the state leagues.

Governor Murphy Unveils Economic Development Plan

Governor Phil Murphy Monday unveiled his economic development strategic plan – “The State of Innovation: Building a Stronger and Fairer Economy in New Jersey” – to set New Jersey on the path to a stronger future where innovation and diversity are at the forefront of the state’s economy.

S. 2155, Money Laundering Hearings this Week

CUNA will be engaged with a hearing on the implementation of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155) this week, in addition to other activities on Capitol Hill this week. NCUA Chairman J. Mark McWatters will be one of several federal financial regulators expected to testify at the hearing, which will be conducted by the Senate Banking Committee.

CUNA Praised for S. 2155 Digital Grassroots Campaign

CUNA was recognized last week for its grassroots success in getting tens of thousands of messages to Capitol Hill lawmakers in support of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155). CUNA’s grassroots engagement with credit union leaders, which started at the 2018 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, resulted in more than 50,000 messages sent to Congress, and the bill being signed into law in May.

DoJ Responds to House Letter on ADA Web Site Compliance

The US Department of Justice (DoJ), in a response to more than 100 House members calling for guidance and clarity regarding Web site accessibility requirements under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), said that "noncompliance with a voluntary technical standard for Web site accessibility does not necessarily indicate noncompliance with the ADA."

CRA Bill Would Jeopardize Credit Access

CUNA and the state leagues strongly oppose a bill introduced Tuesday by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) that would require credit unions to be examined for compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). Congress exempted credit unions from the CRA when it was enacted in 1977 determining it would be unnecessary and counter-intuitive for it to apply to member-owned financial cooperatives.

Data Privacy, FHFA Hearing this Week

Both the House and Senate are in session this week, and CUNA will be engaged with several hearings conducted by both chambers. CUNA is also closely monitoring government funding negotiations this week, as it is currently expected to expire Sept. 30.

‘Credit Unions Vote’ Campaign Launched

CUNA launched its “Credit Unions Vote” campaign Thursday which is focused on getting credit union members to vote in the November mid-term elections. The non-partisan campaign features a Web site where credit union members can visit to check their registration status, register to vote, participate in early voting and find their polling place.

BSA-relief Bill introduced in House

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) introduced the Financial Reporting Threshold Modernization Act (H.R. 6850) on Thursday. The bill would reform the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and provide some relief to credit unions by raising certain thresholds, including those for currency transaction (CTR) and suspicious activity reports (SAR).

Federal Reserve Board approves final amendments to liability provisions of Regulation CC

Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve Board approved final amendments to the liability provisions of Regulation CC, which governs availability of funds and collection of checks. These amendments continue the Board's efforts to update Regulation CC to reflect the evolution of the nation's check collection system from one that is largely paper-based to one that is virtually all electronic.

GUIDE Act Companion Introduced in Senate

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) introduced legislation Monday that would require the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP) to issue timely guidance on its rules in order to facilitate industry compliance and better protect consumers.

League, CU Advocates Meet with Reps Pallone and Pascrell

The New Jersey Credit Union League and credit union advocates met Monday morning with Congressman Frank Pallone (D-6) and in the afternoon with Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-9). Pallone is the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is in line to become chairman if the Democrats capture a House majority in the November mid-term elections. Pascrell serves on the House Ways and Means Committee. Both committees are extremely important when it comes to credit union-related legislation.

Nussle Pens Op-ed, CUs Can Help Shape Data Security Policy

The time is now for Congress to enact stricter data security standards that better protect credit unions and consumers, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote Thursday in Credit Union Journal. Nussle noted that with the heads of Facebook and Twitter before Congress last week and the markup of a data breach notification bill this week, data security is on a lot of policymakers’ minds right now.

League, CU Advocates Meet with Senator Booker’s State Director

The New Jersey Credit Union League (NJCUL) and credit union advocates met Thursday with George Helmy, Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) state director, and other senior state staff to discuss credit union priorities for the balance of the 115th Congress. The discussion focused on post-S. 2155 regulatory relief priorities, the need for the Department of Justice to issue Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Web site compliance rules, the ongoing problem of merchant data breaches and the need to subject retailers to the same data security requirements as card issuers, and issues relating to NCUA’s treatment of taxi medallion loans and participations.

Extension for TDP Comments Requested

CUNA joined other trade organizations Wednesday requesting an extension of the comment deadline for the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s proposed policy to encourage trial disclosure programs. Specifically, CUNA requests the comment deadline be extended an additional 45 days beyond the current Oct. 10 deadline.

CUs Need Access to Interest Rate Swaps, World Council Says

Interest rate swaps and caps promote safety and soundness by helping community-based depository institutions hedge interest rate risks related to fixed-rate mortgage loans held in portfolio and similar fixed-rate investments, the World Council of Credit Unions wrote Monday. The World Council sent its letter to the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the primary global standard setter for the prudential regulation of banks, in response to its consultative document on “Incentives to centrally clear over-the-counter derivatives.”

CUNA Engaged with S. 2155 Hearing, Data Breach Bill Markup

CUNA will be engaged with a Senate Banking Committee hearing on implementation of S. 2155, the markup of a data breach notification bill and other activities on Capitol Hill this week. National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Chairman J. Mark McWatters will be among federal financial regulators who will be testifying before the Senate Banking Committee Thursday on implementation of S. 2155, which contains several regulatory relief provisions from credit unions.

British Airways Reports Data Breach, 380,000 Impacted

British Airways announced that consumers who booked flights with the company between Aug. 21 and Sept. 5 had their personal data stolen. The information compromised in the breach includes credit card numbers, expiration dates and security codes, and names, street addresses and email addresses.

Arguments in Appellate-level ADA Case Against CU Start Oct. 30

The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will hear arguments Oct. 30 in an appeal by Department of Labor (DOL) FCU in a frivolous lawsuit alleging Web site noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The lawsuit is just one of many around the country facing credit unions due to uncertainty about how the ADA applies to Web sites.

Senate Banking Committee Sets Hearing on S. 2155 Implementation

The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Chairman J. Mark McWatters will be among federal financial regulators testifying before the Senate Banking Committee Sept. 13 on implementation of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155). The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and will be live streamed on the committee’s Web site.

Senators Write DOJ Sharing Credit Union Concerns over ADA Web site Compliance

Six Senators wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday with concerns shared by credit unions, banks and small businesses over how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to Web sites. Credit unions around the country continue to face legal threats due to uncertainty over how to make Web sites compliant with the ADA. Finding a solution is a top priority for CUNA and the state leagues.

Clarida Confirmed as Fed Board Vice Chair

The Senate voted 69-26 Tuesday to confirm Richard Clarida as vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. Clarida has offered support of reducing the regulatory burden facing community-based financial institutions by better tailoring regulations.

CUNA Calls for Mortgage Choice Act Inclusion in FSGG Appropriations Bill

CUNA joined a group of organizations this week to call on Senate leadership to ensure mortgage regulatory relief language remains in the conference committee version of the 2019 financial services and general government appropriations bill. The Mortgage Choice Act (H.R. 1153) language is a bipartisan measure that passed the House in February and is strongly supported by CUNA and the state leagues.

IRS Targets SALT Deduction Workaround

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations last week providing rules on the availability of charitable contribution deductions when the taxpayer receives or expects to receive a corresponding state or local tax credit.

BCFP Nomination Expected to Clear Senate Banking Committee Today

A Senate Banking Committee vote on the nomination of Kathy Kraninger to lead the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP) is expected today. During her nomination hearing last month, Kraninger said that rule-makings by the Bureau should be tailored "to reduce the burden of compliance, particularly on consumers and smaller marketplace participants."

ADA Litigation Update Available from CUNA

CUNA Senior Director of Advocacy and Counsel Alexander Monterrubio appeared on CUBroadcast recently to discuss CUNA’s latest efforts at finding a solution to credit unions being hit with abusive lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Credit unions are facing these lawsuits due to uncertainty about how the ADA applies to Web sites.

CUNA Engaged with Kraninger Committee Vote this Week

CUNA will be engaged with the Senate Banking Committee’s mark-up of several nominees Thursday, most notably director of Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP) nominee Kathy Kraninger. The Senate Banking Committee is expected to meet in executive session to consider the nominees Thursday morning.

League to Meet with Congressman Pascrell, August 29

The New Jersey Credit Union League (NJCUL) will be meeting with Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-9) August 29th to discuss credit union priorities for the balance of the 115th Congress. The discussion is expected to focus on post-S. 2155 regulatory relief priorities, the need for the Department of Justice to issue Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Web site compliance rules, the ongoing problem of merchant data breaches and the need to subject retailers to the same data security requirements as card issuers, and issues relating to NCUA’s treatment of taxi medallion loans and participations.

Senate Banking Committee Schedules Vote on CFPB Nomination

The Senate Banking Committee is expected to vote on the nomination of Kathy Kraninger to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on August 23. During her nomination hearing before the committee last month, Kraninger said that rule-makings by the Bureau should be tailored "to reduce the burden of compliance, particularly on consumers and smaller marketplace participants."

BCFP Reportedly Stepping Away from Military Lending Act Oversight

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection will reportedly suspend routine examinations of lenders for compliance with the Department of Defense's (DoD) Military Lending Act (MLA) rule, a rule that has posed compliance challenges to many credit unions. CUNA and the state leagues continue to push for clarity in the form of guidance or revisions.

Cyber-Breaches to Result in Over 146 Billion Records Being Stolen by 2023, Data-Security Front and Center for In-District, Recess Meetings with NJ’s Congressional Delegation

report released last week by UK-based Juniper Research estimates that cybercriminals will steal more than 146 billion personal and financial data records globally over the next five years. In addition, the firm expects the U.S. to become an even bigger target for data breaches, with over half of all breaches to occur here by 2023.

President Signs NDAA Without Provision Impacting Military CUs

President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019 Monday at Fort Drum, enacting the legislation without a provision that could have negatively impacted military credit unions. CUNA and leagues successfully fought for removal of a section of the bill that would have the House bill, which was removed when the conference report of the bill was released Monday.

BCFP Finalizes Privacy Notice Regulatory Relief

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP) issued a final rule on Friday amending Regulation P providing regulatory relief by exempting credit unions that meet specific criteria from the requirement to send annual privacy notices to members. CUNA continues its evaluation of the final rule but supports efforts to reduce burdens associated with redundant and unnecessary regulations.

League Meets with Congressman Norcross

The New Jersey Credit Union League (NJCUL) met with Congressman Donald Norcross (D-1) Thursday to discuss credit union priorities for the balance of the 115th Congress. The discussion focused on post-S. 2155 regulatory relief priorities, the need for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to issue Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Web site compliance rules, the ongoing problem of merchant data breaches and the need to subject retailers to the same data security requirements as card issuers, and issues relating to NCUA’s treatment of taxi medallion loans and participations.

Borough of Red Bank Issues RFP for Banking Services

The Borough of Red Bank is seeking proposals from financial institutions to provide primary banking services for the Borough. The Borough’s objective in soliciting proposals is to enable it to select a respondent that will provide high quality and cost-effective services to the municipality.

NYC Council Votes to Limit Ride-share Cars, Mayor Announces his Support

The New York City Council voted Wednesday to halt the issuance of new for-hire vehicle licenses for 12 months while it studies the booming industry. Under the cap, Uber and Lyft could still be granted licenses for wheelchair-accessible vehicles, but would be prevented from adding new ride-hail vehicles for one year. The city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission could also issue licenses in particular neighborhoods that are running low on ride-hail vehicles.

NJCUL Meets with Congressman Lance

The New Jersey Credit Union League (NJCUL) met with Congressman Leonard Lance (R-7) Tuesday to discuss credit union priorities for the balance of the 115th Congress. The discussion focused on post-S. 2155 regulatory relief priorities, the need for the Department of Justice to issue Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Web site compliance rules, the ongoing problem of merchant data breaches and the need to subject retailers to the same data security requirements as card issuers, and issues relating to NCUA’s treatment of taxi medallion loans and participations.

Freddie, Fannie Q2 Income Increases

Government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae reported net incomes of $2.4 billion and $4.4 billion, respectively, in the second quarter of 2018. Each entity saw slight increases from their first-quarter gains.

Mercer Freeholder Verrelli to Fill Assembly Vacancy

Mercer County Freeholder Anthony Verrelli (D) won appointment to fill the Assembly seat left vacant when Reed Gusciora (D) was elected mayor of Trenton. He will join state Sen. Shirley Turner (D) and Asw. Verlina Reynolds-Jackson in representing the 15th Legislative District, which covers parts of Hunterdon, and Mercer counties.

NDAA Passes Senate without Harmful CU Provision

The Senate voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R. 5515) conference report that omits a harmful provision to military credit unions. As a result, credit unions will continue to receive exemption from costs associated to the furnishing of office space and/or land (including ATM placement) on military bases – as governed by Section 124 of the Federal Credit Union Act.

NFIP Extension Passes Senate

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until November 30, providing program funding for an additional four months. Extending the program prevents potentially significant disruption to housing markets in flood-prone areas of the country. 

CUNA, Leagues to Attend NCSL in Los Angeles Next Week

CUNA and leagues will be on hand with nearly 6,000 attendees at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit July 30-Aug. 2 in Los Angeles. Attendees include state lawmakers, legislative staff, government officials, business representatives, and others interested in public policy.

Flood Insurance Extension Passes House

The U.S. House passed legislation Wednesday that would extend the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) funding an additional four months, through Nov. 30. CUNA and the state leagues support this extension to prevent potentially significant disruption to housing markets in flood-prone areas of the country.

CUNA’s MAP Community Touted as Engagement Builder

CUNA’s newly launched Member Activation Program (MAP) community was highlighted this month in Associations Now, in an article noting CUNA’s efforts to expand the reach of its government relations work. CUNA Grassroots Manager Adam Engelman spoke to the publication about the new community’s origins and CUNA’s goal for the online community.

Pushes for Regulatory Relief, RBC Delay Continue, Flood Insurance Vote Expected, NDAA Concerns Communicated

CUNA will continue to push the Senate this week to take up credit union-backed, House-passed regulatory relief measures and approve the delay the NCUA’s risk-based capital (RBC) rule, a provision that has passed the House three times. The House this week is expected to vote on a four-month extension of the National Flood Insurance Program, which expires July 31. Both chambers are also working out the final details of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

NJ Joins Suit Over Federal SALT Limits

“Blue state” Democrats have been saying it for a long time, and now New Jersey has joined a coalition of predominately Democratic states that have filed a lawsuit saying the new federal tax law is a politically motivated attack on them.

CUNA’s Nussle, Eurgubian talk CFPB RFIs at Bureau Roundtable

CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle and Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer Elizabeth Eurgubian attended roundtable discussion Thursday with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Acting Director Mick Mulvaney. The roundtable featured discussion of several of the Bureau’s recent requests for information about how it performs its functions.

Murphy Said to Want $15 Minimum Wage Bill by Year's-end

According to a story in Politico, during an unrelated Atlantic City press conference Tuesday Gov. Phil Murphy said that he wants lawmakers to send him legislation before the end of the year that would raise the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour. Support for a $15 minimum wage was one of the positions candidate Murphy campaigned on last year, and he has re-affirmed that commitment on numerous occasions since taking office in January.

Supreme Court Nominee Ruled CFPB Structure 'Unconstitutional' in 2016

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat opening as a result of the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit since 2006. In 2016, he wrote an opinion for a three-judge panel that found the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s single-director structure unconstitutional.

Credit Unions Brought $15B in Value to Marketplace in 2017

In the world of financial services, credit unions continue to provide a steady, reliable, community-based alternative, CUNA writes in its updated white paper on the credit union tax status, released Thursday. CUNA’s research finds that, in 2017 alone, the credit union system created $15 billion in financial benefits to members and non-members alike.

NJCUL/CUNA Opposing NDAA Provision Excluding CUs from Military Bases

The NJCUL wrote to members of New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation to oppose a provision in the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 5515) that would exclude credit unions from the current resources furnished to them on military bases. The provision would be a detriment to military credit unions while granting banks access to the same bases.

Supreme Court Ok’s Amex Anti-Steering Rules

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that American Express can continue its anti-steering policy that bars its merchants from telling customers they prefer one credit card brand over another. The lawsuit was originally brought by the Justice Department and 17 states in 2010, which argued that Amex's merchant rules deter competition and result in higher fees for consumers.

Momentum Building for Next Step After S. 2155 a Win, Nussle tells Washington Examiner

Following the years of effort it took for the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155) to be constructed, introduced and signed into law, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle said credit unions are continuing to build on that momentum toward additional relief. In an interview with the Washington Examiner this week, Nussle spoke about achieving regulatory relief in today’s climate, the future of the credit union movement and more.