MADISON, Wis. (3/19/15)--Advocacy is a critical element of the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC). Attendees continue to provide details on discussions held with lawmakers during the 2015 GAC.
|Delaware credit union representatives gather between Capitol Hill visits. (Delaware Credit Union League Photo)|
A record 43 Delaware credit union representatives joined with thousands of credit union leaders from across the country for the league's annual Capitol Hill visits, the Delaware Credit Union League reported (Headline News March 15).
Alicia Kortus, accounting analyst, Dover FCU, Wilmington; David Marianelli, board member, DEXSTA FCU, Wilmington; and Stephen Cimo, president/CEO, Delaware State Police FCU, Georgetown, led the Delaware contingent, which discussed reducing the credit union regulatory burden, improving cybersecurity, data breach notification, raising the member business lending cap and--its No. 1 advocacy item--preserving credit unions' not-for-profit tax status.
|North Carolina credit union representatives in front of the Library of Congress en route to the House office buildings. (Carolinas Credit Union League Photo)|
North Carolina advocates split into three teams to visit all but one of their congressional offices. With the U.S. House in recess, these meetings were ideal for more focused attention on educating and building relationships with staffers, the Carolinas Credit Union League reported (NC Federal Legislative Update March 16)
South Carolina's participants enjoyed lunch and one-on-one time with their congressional staffers. Jeremy Dalpiaz, CUNA associate director of advocacy, provided background on issues in a legislative briefing for the group.
Staffers learned about data security, the importance of the credit union not-for-profit tax status and how Congress can help remove barriers to member service, the Carolinas Credit Union League reported (SC Federal Legislative Update March 16).
|South Carolina's participants enjoyed lunch and one-on-one time with their congressional staffers. (Carolinas Credit Union League)|
After the luncheon with House staff, credit union representatives moved to the U.S. Capitol for meetings with Nick Myers, senior counsel to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and with former credit union board member Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), who addressed regulatory relief.
Credit union representatives applauded Scott's support and thanked him for his inquiry during the Feb. 12 Senate Committee on Banking and Urban Affairs hearing on regulatory relief for community financial institutions.
More than two dozen Vermont credit union representatives also met with their congressional delegation. Led by Association of Vermont Credit Union President/CEO Joe Bergeron and Vice President Bryan Kent, Vermont participants met in separate private meetings with Sens. Bernie Sanders (I) and Pat Leahy (D).
Although the House was not in session, the group met with Patrick Satalin, a staffer for Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.). The topics of conversation were the impact of patent trolls and the need for patent law reform; the need for an increase in the credit union member business lending cap; and the costly effects of merchant data breaches on credit unions.