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Terrorism Risk Insurance Is a Jobs Issue | Commentary

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, created by Congress with strong bipartisan support in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, is a piece of legislation that has enabled the private insurance markets to provide an essential type of coverage that otherwise wouldn’t exist. It has helped create thousands of jobs, has cost next to nothing and gives private markets incentives to take a first-loss position in the event of another terrorist strike.

Terrorism Insurance: The Time Has Passed on This Idea | Commentary

In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Congress enacted the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act in 2002. I remember both well, having served as staff on the Senate Banking Committee during that time. I also remember the industry promise that TRIA would be a temporary program, not another endless piece of corporate welfare.

Lawmakers Must Not Delay Flood Insurance Reforms | Commentary

Congress took crucial steps last year to reform government-backed flood insurance by passing a law that allowed for market-based rate increases in high-risk areas. But with opponents now trying to stall these reforms, lawmakers must reaffirm their support for these badly needed rate fixes and allow them to take effect without delay.

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Summers Fight Signals Fractured Trust Between Obama, Senate Democrats

If the failed candidacy of Larry H. Summers to head the Federal Reserve is any indication, the White House’s relationship with Senate Democrats needs a great deal of work at a crucial time for looming fiscal fights.

For Money Market Fund Reforms, the Answer Is Clear | Commentary

Before the August recess, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent U.S. financial regulators questions regarding the influence of the Financial Stability Oversight Council on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent rule-making proposals on money market funds. The committee acted after the SEC released a 700-page document proposing amendments to the rules governing money market funds. We believe that aspects of the SEC’s proposal, which will affect 56 million Americans, are a response to pressure from the FSOC.

Put Fannie, Freddie on the PATH to Property | Commentary

Recently, the House Financial Services Committee approved a bill introduced by Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, that would liquidate mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the next five years. The bill, called the Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners Act, would restore competitiveness to the home mortgage market and return it to the private sector where it belongs by taking the government out of the business.

Student Loan Rate Crisis Echoes Subprime Mortgage Mess, Masks Deeper Problems for Youth | Commentary

Much discussion in Washington recently has centered around the doubling of interest rates for student loans from 3.4 to 6.8 percent APR and the fact that Congress has been unable (at least for now) to implement a rate freeze. Yet, doesn’t this debate simply mask the wider problem of higher education — namely that as the cost of tuition continues to rise, the employment value of graduation simultaneously declines?

House GOP Seems Eager to Pass Student Loan Plan

The student loan interest rate legislation approved Wednesday by the Senate appears to face a clear path in the House, where Republicans wasted no time pointing out that the proposal closely mirrors their original plan.

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Student Loan Rates Likely to Double With No Congressional Agreement in Sight

With immigration center stage and a bipartisan agreement to stave off the student loan interest rate hike nowhere in sight, principal negotiators on both sides conceded Tuesday that rates will likely double on July 1 and will need to be fixed retroactively.

Let Credit Unions Continue to Serve Americans | Commentary

Banking industry lobbyists have become increasingly vocal in their attacks on credit unions. Banks have been demanding a repeal of the credit unions tax status, railing against credit unions for filling a void in the market for member business lending, and opposing regulatory reform measures that would grant qualified credit unions access to supplemental capital and improve the safety and soundness of the credit union system.

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'Act of Congress' Details Sausage-Making That Was Dodd-Frank Law

Washington Post veteran Robert Kaiser’s latest book, “Act of Congress: How America’s Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn’t,” provides an insider’s view of the making of Congress’ response to the 2008 market crash, the Dodd-Frank Act.

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As Clock Ticks, Senate Plans Student Loan Test Votes

With federal student loan interest rates set to double on July 1, Congress returns from recess facing a familiar partisan brawl with no quick resolution in sight.

Supporting Smart Saving for College | Commentary

The value of a higher education is undeniable — but its sticker price is undeniably too high. Over the past decade, college costs have risen nearly 51 percent. For a family, figuring out how to pay can be quite taxing. Many families rely on financial aid to combat costs, assuming that assistance will come in the form of scholarships and grants that do not have to be repaid. In practice, however, more than half of federal financial aid comes in the form of loans that not only must be repaid but also incur interest.

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Portman Seeks Path to Break Impasse on Cordray Nomination

Sen. Rob Portman has been conferring with Richard Cordray, head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as part of an effort to clear the way for his Senate confirmation and avert a Democratic threat to use the “nuclear option” to curb filibusters.

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