Bi-partisan Senate legislation would require the Federal Reserve Board, the FDIC and the OCC to conduct an empirical impact study on proposed regulations relating to the Basel III agreement on general risk-based capital requirements, particularly as they apply to community banks. The Basel III Commonsense Approach for Small Entities Act (Basel III CASE Act), S. 731, was introduced by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Dean Heller (R-NV). The bill has the support of the banking industry.
In a letter to Senators Manchin and Heller, the American Bankers Association noted that, although the new capital standards were originally intended to set appropriate levels of high quality bank capital for internationally active financial institutions, the regulations proposed by the federal banking agencies go far beyond the Basel III framework and would impact financial institutions of all sizes and business models and have adverse consequences for the communities they serve and the overall U.S. economy.
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