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ICBA Statement on Final Passage of Financial Reform Bill

Washington, D.C. (July 15, 2010)-Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) Chairman Jim MacPhee, CEO of Kalamazoo County State Bank in Schoolcraft, Mich., and Camden R. Fine, ICBA president and CEO, issued this statement today following Senate passage of the financial reform bill.

"This financial and economic crisis clearly demonstrates that reform of Wall Street is needed to prevent this kind of catastrophe from ever again harming our nation's taxpayers and our communities. While ICBA still vigorously disagrees with some sections of the final bill, the Dodd/Frank Act does create an important precedent that recognizes two distinct sectors within the financial services spectrum-Main Street community banks and Wall Street megabanks. 

"Important ICBA-advocated wins in the bill such as changes in the FDIC assessment base, stricter oversight of too-big-to-fail institutions, and the inclusion of non-bank financial firms under consumer compliance regulations will save community banks money and allow them to better compete, serve their communities and promote economic growth in their markets. Also, the bill contains important concessions for community banks, including protection for trust preferred securities and an exemption from paying higher FDIC premiums to increase the minimum size of the deposit insurance fund.  These and several other concessions establish the congressional policy for tiered regulation that recognize Main Street community banks as having a different banking model from large and internationally active institutions.     

"After the President signs this bill into law, ICBA will work to fix problem provisions in the legislation and minimize any additional burdens on community banks as regulations are written and implemented so community banks can continue to serve the needs of their local customers and do not continue to pay the price for an economic debacle they did not cause."