In a significant action in support of credit union member business lending (MBL), Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) yesterday publicly backed adding MBL cap lift language to a developing jobs bill.
Schumer in a statement said that lifting the “job-killing” lending cap “would be a win” for small businesses. “In these difficult economic times, we must ensure that they have access to the credit they need to grow and create jobs,” he added.
The senator also noted “small businesses are job creators and the lifeblood of Long Island’s economy.” Long Island, N.Y.’s Bethpage FCU is close to reaching its MBL cap, and Bethpage CEO Kirk Kordeleski said that “since the financial crisis hit in 2008, credit unions have stepped up to the plate to serve main street business owners which has accelerated our timeline of reaching the cap. If it is not lifted it will limit our ability to lend, which is not what the economy needs at this time—another financial institution not lending.”