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Senators express support for ILC in letter to FDIC

Bank Regulatory Federal Issues FDIC ILC U.S. Senate Competition

On September 15, five Republican Senators and four Democrats sent a letter to FDIC acting Chairman Martin Gruenberg expressing their support for the industrial loan company (ILC) charter. The Senators also expressed their opposition to regulatory actions that could “target the ILC charter in a manner not consistent with the laws Congress has passed.” The Senators noted that “the safety and soundness of the ILC charter has been broadly successful when historically compared to the rest of the banking industry,” and further explained that the ILC charter will allow “new and expanded opportunities in the regulated banking sector.” The Senators stated that they support more competition in financial services and encourage regulators “to ensure that new competition is kept under the confines of the regulated banking system, which ultimately protects consumers and our constituents.”

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