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Letter of support sent for two MDI bills, H.R. 5315 & H.R. 5322
Posted December 11, 2019 by CUNA Advocacy

The House Financial Services Committee held a two-day markup.  CUNA wrote to Chairwoman McWatters and Ranking Member McHenry expressing support for two bills supporting Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), both passed the Committee with strong support.

H.R. 5315, Expanding Opportunities for Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs) Act
Codify the Treasury Department’s mentor protégé program to encourage collaboration between Minority Depository Institutions and large financial institutions. This program represents a valuable resource for MDI credit unions because it offers an opportunity to bolster their sustainability. The bill passed with a 57-0 vote; and

H.R. 5322, the Ensuring Diversity in Community Banking Act of 2019
Encourage federal government deposits in MDIs, establish a Small Business Administration task force focused on MDIs and CDFIs, and require diversity and inclusion reports from each prudential regulator. Minority Depository Institution credit unions represent an important way in which credit unions are fulfilling their mission by advancing financial inclusion and well-being for minority and underserved communities. The bill passed with a 52-0 vote.

CUNA also expressed concerns with a section in H.R. 5332, the Protecting Your Credit Score Act of 2019. The bill would require credit reporting agencies create an online portal for consumers to access free credit report, and credit scores as well as dispute errors. It would also direct the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to impose and enforce data security safeguards for the credit reporting agencies.

CUNA appreciates these efforts, but is concerned that Section 5, which provides for injunctive relief and attorney’s fees, may encourage frivolous litigation against furnishers, driving up the cost of financial services.  CUNA has engaged with the bill’s sponsor and looks to continue that engagement with the committee on the issue. The bill passed the markup 31-24.