Advocates representing 7 credit union leagues visited Washington this week to Hike the Hill and share the credit union story with lawmakers.
Among the leagues visiting Washington this week included:
About 200 advocates conducted more than 100 meetings with lawmakers and representatives from the NCUA and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
“Credit union volunteers, leadership and a group of emerging young professionals had a productive week meeting with legislators in D.C.,” said Minnesota Credit Union Network president and CEO Mark Cummins. “We are thankful to legislators and their staff on both sides of the aisle for continuing to work with and support the state’s not-for-profit financial cooperatives.”
Among the issues addressed by advocates included data breaches, regulatory burden, CFPB reform and the credit union tax status.
CUNA also hosted nearly 50 young credit union professionals this week, providing them with wide-ranging education on every aspect of advocacy. The pilot workshop included presentations by CUNA staff, league personnel, outside consultants, and a panel of congressional staffers.
In addition to the panelists, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle, Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan, Chief Political Officer Richard Gose, and National Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Gigi Hyland talked about the finer points of advocacy and political activity in the credit union world.