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|L-R: Reps. Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Ed Royce (R-CA)|
The Credit Union Residential Loan Parity Act would exempt loans for non-owner occupied one-to-four unit dwellings from the current member business lending cap on credit unions (12.25 percent of assets). Royce, a speaker during the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) 2014 Governmental Affairs Conference in February, had said that, “while it’s not a panacea to credit unions’ business lending needs, it will greatly improve how you serve your members.”
Royce is also the author of legislation to raise the credit union member business lending cap from 12.25 percent of assets to 27.5 percent.
Click here to read Royce’s letter." rows="5" cols="100" WRAP="physical">In a letter to his House colleagues describing the bill and seeking support, Royce writes: "When a bank makes a loan to finance the purchase of a small apartment building, it is called a residential real estate loan. When a credit union makes the same loan, it is called a business loan," and thereby falls under the low 12.25 percent-of-assets member business lending cap. Click here to read Royce’s letter.
If H.R. 4226 is enacted, it would allow credit unions to lend an estimated additional $11 billion to small businesses nationwide. The bill also authorizes the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) to apply strict underwriting and servicing requirements for the loans.
House Committee Passes CU FHLB Legislation
The House Financial Services Committee held its first major mark-up of the year last week and passed H.R. 3584, legislation to allow privately insured credit unions to apply for membership in the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) system. The 55-0 vote was enough to move this measure to the floor of the House.
This legislation is a technical fix that has passed the House of Representatives twice in prior sessions of Congress. Between California and Nevada, there are 19 credit unions of the more than 130 nationally that are primarily insured by American Share Insurance (ASI), based in Dublin, OH.
H.R. 3584 now moves to the House floor, where other credit union bills that were passed out of the financial services committee await. The bill states that a privately insured credit union will be considered to have met the eligibility criteria for FHLB membership if—six months after its application date—the state supervisor has failed to act upon the application. If H.R. 3584 is approved by the full House, it will move to the Senate for consideration.