Upcoming Town Hall Will Provide Timely Advocacy Updates

The Maine Legislature and Congress have been very active on matters that could impact credit unions. To help your credit union learn more about the League’s advocacy efforts, we encourage you to attend our upcoming Town Hall on Monday, March 21 at 1:00 pm.

With the Legislature expected to adjourn next month, the League’s Governmental Affairs team will brief attendees on the legislation the League has been tracking in Augusta. Joining them will be Jason Stverak, Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer for Federal Government Affairs at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). Stverak will discuss CUNA’s 2022 national advocacy agenda. He also will take questions  and solicit feedback.

During the GAC, the League hosted its Mornings in Maine virtual program. These sessions were recorded and are now available on the League’s website. By watching the recordings, you can hear the messages Maine’s congressional delegation had for credit unions, along with our special guests including former Congressman David Emery and Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s Steve Mistler.

The importance of credit union advocacy continues to grow. We hope you’ll join Monday’s Town Hall to learn more about what the League and CUNA are doing on your behalf. If you have not signed up to attend this virtual meeting, please email Linda Scott.

Other News of Interest:

Funding Deal: $295 Million for CDFI; Easier Ouster of CU Members
(From Washington Credit Union Daily) – House and Senate appropriators have reached agreement on an FY22 government funding package that would provide a $25 million boost for the Community Development Financial Institution program and make it easier for credit unions to expel members.

In addition, it would extend the National Flood Insurance Program through the end of the fiscal year without making changes to the program.

The bill includes extraneous legislation that Congress decided was a high priority. That is why it includes language from the “Credit Union Governance Modernization Act.” That measure would allow federal credit unions to expel a member for cause by a majority vote of a quorum of the credit union. The credit union would be required to inform its membership about the expulsion. Under current law, a credit union must hold a membership meeting to expel a member.

The 2,741-page legislation, released on March 8, also would provide $1.545 million for the National Credit Union Administration’s Community Development Revolving Loan Fund program. That program received $1.5 million in FY 21. The proposed funding is less than the House included in its Financial Services appropriations bill. The House bill called for $4 million for the program.

The bill includes funding for much of the federal government. It does not include money for National Credit Union Administration management; credit unions pay for that. It also does not include funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; that agency is funded through the Federal Reserve.

The bill would provide $295 million for the CDFI program, less than the Biden Administration or either house included in their funding measures, The administration and the House called for $330 million, while the Senate version of the funding measure called for $360 million. Program advocates had called for as much as $1 billion for the program

The bill also calls for the Treasury Department to conduct a study on the impact of the CDFI program, the overall risks the fund’s portfolio is exposed to and awardees that are at risk of noncompliance. It also would require the Treasury Department to brief congressional committees on the fund’s support for Minority Depository Institutions.

The bill also includes a statement that the Treasury Department and financial regulators should work with credit unions and banks to reduce the number of unbanked or underbanked people. In addition, it calls for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to establish a beneficial ownership database to help implement new Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering rules.