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Rep. Sherman Letter to NCUA in Support of FOM Proposal
Posted January 04, 2016 by Chandler Schuette

California Rep. Brad Sherman, a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, recently wrote a letter to NCUA in support of the agency’s recent Field of Membership proposal.

In his letter, Sherman also advocated that the NCUA look to modernize additional regulations, including supplemental capital.

“In recent years, many states, especially California, have aggressively expanded the FOM opportunities for state charters,” Sherman wrote. “Ensuring federally chartered credit unions remain a viable option to consumers and with a competitive charter is another way the NCUA is properly serving the needs of American consumers. Allowing for new segments of the population to experience the benefit of the credit union charter is a concept supported by many in Congress,” he wrote. “This rule assists credit unions in achieving this goal while working within the framework provided to the NCUA under the Federal Credit Union Act.”

Sherman is the second legislator to write in support of the proposal. Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) wrote last month that the proposal is an “important modernization” of the NCUA’s regulations.

We have issued an action alert to engage the credit union movement to weigh in with its support of the proposed rule. Comments will be accepted through Feb. 8.