Community bankers support small-business jobs bill

Senate Small Business Chairwoman Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuCongress needs to work to combat the poverty, abuse and neglect issues that children face Dems wrestle over how to vote on ‘Green New Deal’ Lobbying world MORE (D-La.) said on Wednesday that her chamber will pass legislation by the end of the week. She said the bill will include a $30 billion lending pool for small businesses that provides approximately $12 billion in tax relief for these organizations. 

Landreiu said the lending provision will be stripped from the original bill and then will be offered as the bill’s only amendment to illustrate who supports the pool. 

“We want to highlight the fact of who’s actually stepping up to help small businesses through small banks,” she said today.

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The lending pool in the small-business bill has come under fire by Republicans who contend it will create another Troubled Asset Rellief Program scenario by giving the Treasury authority over which small banks receive the funds to lend to small businesses. 

While the ICBA supports the bill passed last month in the House, they are specifically opposing an amendment offered by Sen. Mark UdallMark Emery UdallDemocrats will win back the Senate majority in 2020, all thanks to President Trump Poll: Trump trails three Democrats by 10 points in Colorado The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE (D-Colo.) that would increase the lending powers of tax-subsidized credit unions. 

Under the bill, community banks with less than $1 billion in assets could receive capital investments up to 5 percent of their risk-weighted assets. Those with between $1 billion and $10 billion in assets could receive up to 3 percent, according to ICBA.  

“The lending fund has important incentives to encourage greater small business lending by reducing the dividend rate community banks pay on the capital as they increase their lending,” the ICBA said in a release.