Senate Republicans are putting tremendous pressure or banking regulators to ease up on enforcement of the Community Reinvestment Act.

An aide to Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato, R-N.Y., chairman-presumptive of the banking panel in the 104th Congress, said Nov. 30 that the chairman plans early next year to hold hearings on CRA enforcement policies. This issue - particularly the proposed revision of CRA - " is the No. 1 priority" of the chairman, the aide said at a breakfast meeting of Women in Housing and Finance.

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