GAC: Wednesday recap

GAC: Wednesday recap

Last day of GAC sees advocates off to annual hill visits.

February 26, 2020

CUNA's 2020 Governmental Affairs Conference wrapped up Wednesday with insights from lawmakers and political strategists, as well as meetings with nearly every House and Senate office. Some of the notable events included:

  • Legislators from both sides of the aisle addressed attendees before an afternoon of credit union visits on Capitol Hill. As if to underscore the importance of those visits, Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) announced during her remarks that she would introduce a bill with important credit union governance modernizations.
  • NCUA Board Member Todd Harper shared the philosophy that guides him as a credit union regulator, as well as how that philosophy shapes his four priorities.
  • Credit unions should take advantage of the fact that they serve many people in legislators’ districts, political strategists Stephanie Cutter and Nicolle Wallace told attendees. Troy Stang, CUNA Board chair, moderated the discussion, which addressed the presidential election, today’s contentious political environment, the importance of social media, and more.
  • Graffiti artist Rajan Sedalia shared how he painted a live mural during the conference. He incorporated action words provided by attendees into the mural along with the phrase "One Member at a Time."
  • More than 5,500 credit union advocates could be seen in every Congressional office building in Washington, D.C., Wednesday as credit unions concluded the GAC with meetings with nearly every House and Senate office.

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