Greetings and welcome to the Credit Union National Association's 2012 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC)!
This is one of our strongest GAC turnouts ever, with more than 4,000 in attendance—close to our record-setting year in 2008 when the GAC first moved to the Washington Convention Center.
This is a perfect year for such strong attendance because we have clear opportunities to advance our policy agenda and ensure our message rises above that of the bankers who, as many of you know, also are visiting Washington this very same week.
Explaining the credit union difference, showing how integral we are to the success of our communities, advocating for proactive changes that include member business loans and supplemental capital, helping legislators understand how a rising regulatory burden stymies our ability to serve-all are part of our message on the Hill this week.
Ensuring all 535 members of Congress understand our message—and hear it from us directly and repeatedly, face to face—is an essential component of our new Plan to Win. Your involvement makes it happen.
Beyond our Hill visits, this year's GAC offers an absolutely stellar lineup of speakers, including a number of Washington’s most influential policy makers.
Our breakout sessions will delve more deeply into such topics as political and grassroots strategy, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's agenda, and NCUA's top-of-mind exam concerns, to name a few.
Our GAC Exhibit Hall now showcases more products and services than any other event—not just in the credit union movement, but in the entire financial services industry.
But first and foremost, we must make a powerful impact and leave a lasting effect on Capitol Hill.
BILL CHENEYis CUNA’s president/CEO.