CUNA and NAFCU often say that during the recent financial crisis their members wore the white hats. When it comes to raising the cap on member business loans, however, those hats may not be enough of a counterforce to the Senate’s procedures and election-year politics.

When Congress returns from recess this week, Senate Democrats will again attempt to bring up a bill aimed at encouraging job creation. But concern about rising deficits among Republicans and some Democrats may prevent the bill from even coming up for a vote. Although Democrats have 58 seats in the 100-member chamber (with one vacancy), the rules require 60 votes to break a GOP-led filibuster.

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