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Republicans Push OCC to Address Cyber Threats, Promote Financial Inclusion, Foster Innovation








Republicans Push OCC to Address Cyber Threats, Promote Financial Inclusion, Foster Innovation



Urge Acting Comptroller to Address Void Left by Democrats’ Politically Motivated Rollback of True Lender Rule



Washington,
July 14, 2021 
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Today, all Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee, led by Patrick McHenry (NC-10), sent a letter to Michael Hsu, acting head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). The letter outlines Republican priorities for the OCC including regulatory reform, fostering financial innovation, strengthening cybersecurity, and promoting financial inclusion. The letter also urges the OCC to address the void left by Democrats’ politically motivated and misguided action to overturn the True Lender Rule.


Read the full letter here.


The Republican Members write: “Two weeks ago, House Democrats followed the Senate and took the misguided step of passing S. J. Res. 15, a resolution to disapprove the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) “True Lender” Rule (Rule). Preventing this Rule from going forward will make new and innovative financial products more expensive and credit less available to consumers and small businesses across the country. Innovation in the financial services industry will be hindered. The legal uncertainty that will ensue from this move will have significant implications on credit markets and the borrowers who would have otherwise benefitted from the final Rule. We would like to know how you and the OCC intend to address the serious void left by this misguided action.”

 

“As the nation recovers from the economic challenges presented by the pandemic, the OCC should ensure regulations do not inhibit job growth or slow the economy. Now, more than ever, regulations should be tailored to match the size of institutions. Small and mid-sized financial institutions play an important role in their communities. Affordable access to credit and safe investment practices are critical to businesses, consumers, and communities.”


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