In the growing fight of community bankers versus large institutions, the Independent Community Bankers of America began pushing a bill last week that would create a Treasury post devoted to the welfare of small banks.The trade group praised a bill from Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., that would create a Treasury assistant secretary for community financial institutions. The Treasury Department, of course, already has an assistant secretary for financial institutions, a post held by Michael Barr, but the ICBA argued that having its own dedicated official makes more sense.

It "would ensure that community banks are given appropriate and balanced consideration in the Treasury policymaking process — something that is absolutely vital to the continued health and strength of our nation's community banks and the communities they serve," Camden Fine, the ICBA's president, said in a press release.

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