The banks concern is the cost of their patent license, said to be hundreds of millions over the years. The patent is for a method to process digital copies of checks, which to me sounds like a software patent. The patent owner, DataTreasury Corporation from Plano TX, has won a series of suits challenging the validity of the patent at the Patent Office and won consistently in the courts. DataTreasury now has license agreements with "more than three dozen banks," so it would seem to be the industry standard.
Wyatt adds one more jab at DataTreasury which he reports once had more than 100 employees but is now a mere holding company with only a few employees, reportedly because the banks stole its patented technology.
Wyatt finally takes on the Patent Office which is said to have drafted the provision and would be the biggest winner from the current draft bill, as it would get to keep all the fees it charges, "removing it from the politics of the Congressional appropriations process."
Our concern as consumers should be that this is a highly questionable patent (like most business method patents) that adds to the costs of society as a whole without improving welfare. Watching how the legislative sausage is being made does not make it smell less or taste better.