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WASHINGTON — Federal credit unions would be allowed to apply to serve underserved areas and loans in those communities and to religious non-profit institutions would not count against their member business loan cap, as a result of a compromise regulatory reform bill introduced last night in the House.

The Credit Union Bank and Thrift Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 6318) also grandfathers in existing designations of underserved areas and allows financial institutions to pay interest on business checking accounts. The measure does not raise the overall MBL cap, which is 12.5% of a credit union’s total assets. The bill is a compromise between credit unions and banks, the latter group helped scuttle passage of the Credit Union Regulatory Relief Act earlier this year. It could come up for a vote as early as next week.

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