WASHINGTON (2/25/13)--The Credit Union National Association's 2013 Governmental Affairs Conference officially kicks off today and more than 4,200 credit union representatives in attendance will hear CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney unveil a new strategic vision for the credit union movement this morning.
For more than a year, CUNA has been reaching out to credit unions, leagues, system partners and its leadership to develop and present a strategic vision to guide and inspire the movement's advocacy, communications and planning.
Presentation of this new initiative and what it will mean for CUNA, leagues and credit unions going forward will be the thrust of Cheney's remarks to the GAC audience this morning.
Also during the 2013 GAC, credit union representatives from across the nation will hear presentations by high-profile, Washington, D.C., policymakers and get the latest information on top credit union issues.
GAC speakers this year include House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), House Financial Service Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), National Credit Union Administration Chairman Debbie Matz, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) and many more.
The three-day lineup also features addresses by Jean Chatzky, the Today Show personal finance editor, and award-winning NBC News journalist Tom Brokaw. There will be a political point-counterpoint with Haley Barbour, former Republican National Committee chairman, and Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman who is currently in the race for governor of Virginia.
Also sure to attract a lot of attention this year: CUNA's conference will feature breakout sessions on state- and federal-level tax discussions, hot exam issues for 2013, building powerful alliances across co-op sectors, managing changes in lending rules, and many other sessions taken from the front pages of credit union news.
CUNA will also hold its 79th Annual General Meeting, the association's yearly business meeting, on Monday.
The 2013 GAC runs Feb. 24-28 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. A key feature of the CUNA conference is Hill visits, when thousands of credit union representatives flood Capitol Hill and regulatory offices to advocate for credit union issues.
As lawmakers move toward March 1 federal debt and tax discussion deadlines, CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney has said he can't "think of a better time for credit union supporters to be in Washington, in force." Preserving the tax status of credit unions is a top CUNA priority and will be a key discussion item during the GAC.
This year's GAC theme, "Powerful Cause, Positive Effect," reflects the credit union commitment to the 95 million working Americans who rely on credit unions every day.
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