ICBA Thanks Senate Committee for Passing Community Bank Regulatory Relief

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Bipartisan bill advances many provisions from ICBA Plan for Prosperity

Washington, D.C (Dec. 5, 2017)—The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) today thanked the Senate Banking Committee for advancing bipartisan legislation to stimulate local economic growth by providing much-needed community bank regulatory relief. Incorporating numerous provisions from ICBA’s pro-growth Plan for Prosperity platform, the bipartisan Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155) would provide community banks with relief from unnecessary burdens that prevent them from meeting the needs of their customers and communities.

“ICBA strongly supports the bipartisan regulatory relief package passed today by the Senate Banking Committee and thanks Chairman Mike Crapo and Sens. Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heitkamp, Jon Tester and Mark Warner for spearheading this agreement,” ICBA President and CEO Camden R. Fine said. “Community bank regulatory relief is needed to improve locally based lending and economic growth. We are pleased that the bill includes many provisions from ICBA’s Plan for Prosperity and thank all senators from both sides of the aisle who have contributed to this important legislation.”

The bipartisan bill includes ICBA-advocated provisions to:

  • increase exemption thresholds for Home Mortgage Disclosure Act reporting,
  • provide “qualified mortgage” status for portfolio mortgage loans at most community banks,
  • exempt certain community bank loans from escrow requirements,
  • simplify community bank capital requirements,
  • create a short-form call report for use in the first and third quarters by certain well-rated banks,
  • expand eligibility for the 18-month regulatory examination cycle,
  • ease appraisal requirements to facilitate mortgage credit in local communities,
  • exempt most community banks from the Volcker Rule,
  • expand access to the Federal Reserve’s Small Bank Holding Company Policy Statement to help more community banks build capital,
  • improve regulatory treatment of reciprocal deposits and certain municipal securities, and
  • provide relief for larger community banks, including higher asset thresholds for systemically important financial institution designations, stress testing and risk committees.

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and committee Democrats Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Jon Tester (Mont.) and Mark Warner (Va.) spearheaded the initial legislation that passed today. Joining as original co-sponsors were Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.).

ICBA looks forward to continuing to work with the Senate, House and Trump administration on enacting this legislation into law.

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The Independent Community Bankers of America®, the nation’s voice for more than 5,700 community banks of all sizes and charter types, is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education and high-quality products and services. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at www.icba.org.