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Senators: Ignore bankers’ bluster and let credit unions help small business

Bill Cheney
President and CEO, National Credit Union

Here’s a fact: Banks today have about 95% of the small business lending market. Yet you would think it was 0.95% the way they have been carrying on in opposition to a bipartisan bill that would let credit unions do more small business lending. While U.S. senators are at home for the next two weeks, they will be hearing from credit unions and small businesses — lots of them — to clear away the bankers’ bluster and redirect the focus of this issue to where it belongs: on helping the nation’s small businesses.

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