The Independent Community Bankers of America sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Wednesday asking that a broad pool of community banks be made eligible for a proposed $30 billion small-business lending program.

Camden Fine, the group's president, wrote that the program should be open to any bank with a Camels 3 rating or better and available to Camels 4 banks if they have regulatory approval.

Fine also said that all types of banks, including Subchapter S institutions, mutual banks and holding companies, should be allowed to participate.

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