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Thursday, November 5, 2015

House Committee Approves Bill to Tailor Designation of SIFIs

By a bipartisan vote of 39 to 16, the House Financial Services Committee approved H.R. 1309, a bill strongly advocated by ABA that would eliminate the automatic designation of banks as systemically important based solely on asset size. Introduced by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), the bill recognizes that regulators should consider many different components of risk.

The committee also advanced — by a 56-1 vote — H.R. 2209, an ABA-backed measure that would further expand the ability of banks to count municipal securities as high-quality liquid assets under the Liquidity Coverage Ratio.

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