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Daily Financial Regulation Update -- Wednesday, December 23, 2020

December 23, 2020

By FedACTion Task Force

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Major Developments

Statements Addressing U.S. Senate’s and U.S. House of Representatives’ Passing of $900 Billion COVID-19 Relief Bill

December 22, 2020

Several members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representative and other stakeholders issued statements related to the approval of the new COVID-19 relief bill, Senate Amendment to H.R. 133 (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021), which will provide up to $900 billion in economic relief. The bill now heads to the President for his signature.

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, passed in House and Senate December 21, 2020, awaiting Presidential signature.

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.

Federal Agencies

U.S. Department of the Treasury

President’s Working Group on Financial Markets Releases Report on Money Market Funds

December 22, 2020

The President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury, released a report that examines how short-term funding markets came under sharp stress in March 2020 amid growing economic concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic and an overall flight to liquidity and quality among investors. The report also sets forth potential policy measures to improve the resilience of money market funds and broader short-term funding markets. 

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

New York Fed Releases White Paper on Looming “Eviction Cliff”

December 22, 2020

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York released a white paper on the looming rental crisis facing New York City. The paper builds on ideas around the City’s rental crisis raised in a meeting the Community Development Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York convened earlier in December 2020. Although New York state has recently expanded rent relief and the federal government is poised to extend its eviction moratorium in the pending stimulus bill, the paper finds a housing and commercial property crisis is still looming for New York City.

Conference of State Bank Supervisors

CSBS Applauds CARES Act Forbearance Clarification

December 22, 2020

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors applauded the federal housing agencies for clarifying the deadline for consumers to request forbearance under the CARES Act and providing consumers a clearer understanding of the relief available to them.

Office of Inspector General of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

OIG Strategic Plan

December 22, 2020

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has decided to postpone the process of creating a new four-year strategic plan due to the uncertainties faced as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.