To: Todd Weiler,
Subject: Protect Choice in Financial Services, Stop Discrimination Against American Indians
Date: 12/27/2013 2:11:00 PM
Steven J Bechanko
8915 So. Sandia Hills Dr. #2164
Sandy, UT 84094-2820
December 27, 2013
The Honorable Todd Weiler
320 State Capitol, PO Box 145115
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Dear Senator Weiler,
As your constituent, I want to urge you to take immediate action against wreckless U.S. Department of Justice Attorneys, NACHA and New York States Superintendent of Financial Services, Benjamin Lawsky as they usurp Federal law, harm millions of every day Americans like myself, discriminate against tribal-owned businesses and devastate the economies of dozens of tribal communities.
In early August, Mr. Lawsky ordered tribal-owned small dollar lenders to cease offering loans in New York. In doing so, and with the assistance of the Department of Justice and NACHA, the electronic payments association, unlawfully threatened 117 banks to choke off these tribal lenders from the automated clearing house system, the bank-supported network that handles electronic bank account debits.
Even the FDIC cites that 51 million adults, 1 in every 5 households, rely on alternative financial services like those provided by these legal, licensed tribal-owned lenders.
Again, I urge you to take immediate action to help stop these wreckless regulators as they take away options from families like mine. Im ashamed that these government employees are allowed to ignore the Constitution and discriminate against a proud people whose sovereign rights predate even the United States.
Please reply to me with your position on these issues. Your actions will have a major impact in my future voting decisions.
Steven J Bechanko