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Republicans push banking access bill to prevent discrimination based on 'woke' cancel culture
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Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., said they are taking aim at the influence of "woke corporate cancel culture" on banking with the recently introduced Fair Access to Banking Act.
“Banks should make lending decisions relying on objective, risk-based metrics, not the standards of woke corporate cancel culture,” Barr said in a statement to FOX Business. “Our legislation codifies the Fair Access Rule to ensure that radical environmentalists, gun control advocates and other political activists cannot weaponize financial institutions in their fight to achieve their political agenda."
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The bill, introduced in both the House and Senate earlier in March, would punish banks that fail to comply with a civil penalty of up to $10,000 or revoking their status as an insured depository institution or insured credit union.
Cramer said the bill would ensure lawfully-compliant businesses won't lose access to banking services "just because people in power like John Kerry want to put them out of business" after Politico reported that Biden climate envoy John Kerry is pushing major banks to create a net-zero emissions banking alliance.