WASHINGTON (2/17/15)--CUNA has confirmed
Jason Furman, chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, as a speaker for the fast-approaching 2015 Governmental Affairs Conference, which runs March 8-12.
The economic council advises the president on economic policy, prepares the president's annual economic report and conducts economic research for the White House.
Federal lawmakers who have just been confirmed to speak at the GAC are:
All three National Credit Union Administration board members have also made it official: NCUA Chair Debbie Matz will address the conference the morning of March 9, Vice Chair Rick Metsger will speak that afternoon, and board member J. Mark McWatters will speak first thing in the morning on March 10.
Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) were confirmed earlier this month. The Senate will be in session during the GAC, and key members of the House are expected to be in town as well.
Other power-packed speakers on the GAC lineup include legislator, governor and inaugural Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge; Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary for President George W. Bush; and Arianna Huffington, author, columnist and co-founder/editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post.
And in a new Sunday general session sponsored by the CUNA Councils, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, will be the featured speaker.
The GAC will also feature numerous breakout sessions for credit unions on top issues, such as the NCUA's revised risk-based capital proposal, regulatory burden and data breaches.