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Monday, October 20, 2014

Senator Crapo Calls for Community Bank Regulatory Relief

Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) on Friday argued for community bank regulatory relief in an American Banker op-ed. “If regulators and Congress miss this opportunity to lift unnecessary regulatory burdens, many more small banks will disappear,” he said.

Crapo specifically called for eliminating the annual privacy notice requirement when nothing has changed and ensuring a more aggressive effort by regulators to pare back unnecessary rules during the ongoing Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act process. “We cannot afford another tepid review process,” he explained.

Crapo cited ABA Chairman Jeff Plagge’s September testimony before the Senate panel, in which he warned that excessive regulation “could threaten the model of community banking that is so important to strong communities, strong job growth and a better standard of living.” Added Crapo: “I could not agree more.”
Read the op-ed.

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