MADISON, Wis. (8/10/15)--Credit unions and their state leagues in Pennsylvania, Maine and Oklahoma reported in-state visits with congressional representatives last week. In addition to relationship building, meetings with lawmakers included productive discussions on data breaches, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), regulatory burden and labor laws.
In the Keystone State, PSECU, based in Harrisburg, Pa., hosted U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) at its new financial center in State College, Pa., the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) reported (Life is a Highway Aug. 5). Thompson toured the new facility and learned how PSECU is helping Penn State students and faculty manage their personal finances.
“Congressman Thompson has been a strong supporter of credit unions,” said Patrick Conway, PCUA president/CEO. “[It] was a great opportunity to show our appreciation for his strong support by meeting with him at a credit union in his district.”
U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Pa.) visited Pittsburgh Central FCU to discuss issues impacting credit unions. Rothfus spent almost an hour talking with Pittsburgh Central FCU’s management team about the increasing regulatory burdens on small to mid-sized credit unions, data breaches, interchange and the CFPB.
Last week, U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) visited two Maine credit unions, and reiterated his support for credit unions and the need to reduce regulatory burden, the Maine Credit Union League (MCUL) reported (Weekly Update Aug. 7). On Aug. 4, Poliquin made his first appearance in Ellsworth, Maine, since taking office, visiting Seaboard FCU. On Aug. 5, Poliquin traveled north to visit NorState FCU in Madawaska.
On Aug. 5, Oklahoma credit union executives met with U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) at his district office in Muskogee, Okla. From left, Mirl Whisman, chair, Communication FCU; Robyn Matthews; Larry Shropshire, president/CEO, Communication FCU; Stephen Lark, vice president of marketing and corporate development, Communication FCU; Mullin; and David Dykes, president/CEO, First Family FCU. (Cornerstone Credit Union League Photo)
"As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Congressman Poliquin is in a position to be involved in many legislative issues impacting credit unions, and his understanding of the issues is impressive,” said John Murphy, MCUL president.
“We have had a number of positive meetings with Congressman Poliquin and his staff, and he asks great questions in his effort to seek answers on how he can help and what the needs of credit unions are,” Murphy added. “We are particularly pleased that he is eager to visit credit unions across the state, and at the feedback we are receiving from the credit unions he has made stops at in the past few weeks.”
On Aug. 5, Oklahoma credit union executives met with U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) at his district office in Muskogee, Okla., the Cornerstone Credit Union League reported (Leaguer Aug. 7).
Larry Shropshire, CEO of Communication FCU, Oklahoma City, led the meeting, which focused on data security, the CFPB and the new labor laws. Stephen Lark, Communication FCU marketing and corporate development; Mirl Whisman, Communications FCU board chair; and David Dykes, president/CEO of First Family FCU, Henryetta, Okla., were also in attendance.