Resources help CUs maintain advocacy momentum in August

August 5, 2019

With the House and Senate both officially adjourned for their August recess in-district work period, now is the time to connect with legislators and continue advocacy momentum, said CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan. CUNA has prepared a document outlining the numerous ways credit unions can engage with policymakers this August.

Donovan urges credit unions to engage with lawmakers on three key priorities during August that demonstrate the credit union difference.

Those are:

  • Oppose provision 2821 of the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2020. The provision, which is not in the House version, would expand certain waivers for rent and other facilities costs for financial institutions on military installations currently granted to credit unions. The House and Senate have both passed versions of the NDAA, and it will go to conference committee in September.
  • Support the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act (H.R. 1595/S. 1200). The bill would allow financial institutions to serve legal cannabis-based businesses. CUNA has testified in support of the bills before the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking Committee; and
  • Pass legislation so all industries must protect consumer data and privacy. CUNA supports legislation that imposes data security requirements on any entity that handles consumers’ personal information.

CUNA’s resource document contains step-by-step information on multiple ways credit unions can engage with lawmakers in August, talking points on each of the issue and how it plays into the credit union difference and pre- and post-meeting checklists to ensure a successful visit that allows for regular contact with staff down the road.

It also features contact information for CUNA legislative, political affairs, grassroots and communications staff.

Donovan also reminds credit unions to reach out to their individuals leagues, as many have meetings or other events with legislators in the works for August.