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Daily Financial Regulation Update -- Saturday, April 24, 2021

April 24, 2021

By FedACTion Task Force

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Administration Changes

Appointments/Confirmation Hearings

Department of the Treasury – Janet Yellen (effective January 26, 2021)

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Rohit Chopra (Nominee)

Securities and Exchange Commission – Gary Gensler (effective April 17, 2021)

Small Business Administration – Isabel Guzman (effective March 16, 2021)

Commodity Futures Trade Commission

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network

National Credit Union Administration – Todd M. Harper

Department of Housing and Urban Development – Marcia Fudge (effective March 10, 2021)

Department of Education – Dr. Miguel Cardona (effective March 2, 2011)

Congress

Click here to view the full text of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), Enacted March 27, 2020.

Click here to view the full text of the Paycheck Protection Program Increase Act of 2020, Enacted April 24, 2020.

Click here to view the full text of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, Enacted June 5, 2020.

Click here to view the full text of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Enacted December 27, 2020.  

Click here to view the full text of the American Rescue Plan of 2021, Enacted March 11, 2021.

Click here to view the full text of the PPP Extension Act of 2021, Enacted March 30, 2021.

Click here to view a running list of proposed legislation from the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, House Committee on Financial Services, and House Committee on Small Business.

U.S. House of Representatives

Committee on Financial Services

House Passes Seven Bipartisan Financial Services Bills

April 23, 2021

The U.S. House of Representatives passed seven bipartisan bills this week which were introduced by House Financial Services Committee Members.

Federal Agencies

U.S. Small Business Administration

SBA to Reopen Shuttered Venue Operators Grants for Applications on Saturday, April 24th

April 23, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration will reopen the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time for operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums and movie theatres, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers and talent representatives to apply for critical economic relief.

SBA Launches Supplemental Targeted Advance for Small Businesses Hardest Hit by COVID-19

April 23, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration launched a new round of Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance, called Supplemental Targeted Advances, on April 22, 2021, providing $5 billion in additional assistance to one million small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have been most severely affected by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Supplemental Targeted Advance program was launched under the American Rescue Plan of 2021.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development/Federal Housing Administration

Fudge, Waters, Polis, Garcetti, Durkan, Breed Discuss American Rescue Plan Homelessness Assistance Allocations

April 23, 2021

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge held a call to discuss the nearly $5 billion in American Rescue Plan funds allocated by HUD to help communities across the country create affordable housing and services for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

U.S. Department of Education

Education Department Announces State Allocations of $800 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Support Students Experiencing Homelessness

April 23, 2021

The U.S. Department of Education (DoE) announced plans to distribute $800 million to help support the needs of students experiencing homelessness under the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief – Homeless Children and Youth fund. The DoE announced the state allocations for the $800 million total allocated in the American Rescue Plan and will distribute $200 million in funding on April 26, 2021.

International

Bank of England

Slow Recoveries, Endogenous Growth and Macroprudential Policy

April 23, 2021

The Bank of England released a staff working paper titled “Slow Recoveries, Endogenous Growth and Macroprudential Policy.”

Changes to the Provision of U.S. Dollar Repo Operations from July 1, 2021

April 23, 2021

The Bank of England (BoE) announced that, in view of the sustained improvements in U.S. dollar funding conditions and low demand at recent U.S. dollar liquidity-providing operations, the BoE, the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank and the Swiss National Bank, in consultation with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, have jointly decided to discontinue offering dollar liquidity at the 84-day maturity.

How Do We Monitor UK Financial Conditions?

April 23, 2021

The Bank of England (BoE) released a Bank Overground post titled “How Do We Monitor UK Financial Conditions?” According to the post, the BoE analyzes evolving UK financial conditions using a wide range of financial market metrics, model-based estimates and aggregate indicators. One of its tools is its Monetary and Financial Conditions Index.

UK Financial Conduct Authority

Climate Change and Sustainable Finance

April 23, 2021

The Financial Conduct Authority released a statement titled “Climate Change and Sustainable Finance,” which discusses its sustainable finance strategy.

Cautious Optimism for the Post-Pandemic World

April 23, 2021

Charles Randell, Chair of the Financial Conduct Authority and Payment Systems Regulator, gave a speech to the Finance & Leasing Association titled “Cautious Optimism for the Post-Pandemic World.”