Federal Legislative Week in Review

Interchange. Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s National Credit Union Teleconference on Interchange. If you joined the call you learned that we must take our grassroots efforts to the next level to avoid the interchange rule being implemented “as is.”

We are excited to report that as of yesterday, credit unions in Oregon and Washington have surpassed the 3,000 mark on interchange contacts to our House and Senate delegations! Thank you. Nationally, over 113,000 emails and phone calls have been made. These contacts really do make a difference.

But we can’t stop there. We need thousands more to compete with and defeat the retail industry’s grassroots campaign in support of the Durbin amendment. If you sent your email a few weeks ago, we would ask that you send another one, explaining that you are emailing for a second time, due to the importance of this issue and the lack of action thus far, and encourage the Senator/Representative again to step up in support of consumers and credit unions. To send your emails, please visit the Grassroots Action Center.

As part of the overall interchange grassroots strategy, please consider activating your membership. Give your members a chance to participate before they end up having to pay more for their debit cards. Consider adding a websticker to your homepage, which will allow your members to take action themselves. Webstickers are available at here.

As mentioned last week, credit unions can also use social media to reach out to policymakers and the media on interchange and other important issues. CUNA has posted a new video on the CUNA Facebook fan page on interchange, Credit Unions on Interchange. We are asking credit unions to circulate this video to your staff and members and suggest Facebook friends “like” the Facebook fan page.

Please check out our Twitter feed, @CUsonInterchang. We also have a new feed, @JohnQLittleguy, which will help us respond to other online chatter and refute misinformation. Each time you tweet something on interchange or general credit unions issues, please tag them with #creditunions, #swipefees and #intcg. This will help us grow our following and allow credit unions to direct the online conversation.

Finally, Congress is on recess for the next two weeks. This is a great opportunity to share our message with our delegation first hand. Many senators and representatives will hold town halls in their districts. We will share the details with you as they become available. If you are able, please attend any meetings in your area. We are happy to arm you with all the talking points.

Below is a list of upcoming meetings:

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-9)
Wednesday, April 20
7:00 pm
Carco Theater
1717 SE Maple Valley Hwy.
Renton, WA 

Senator Ron Wyden- OR
Saturday, April 23
11:30 a.m.
Chetco Activity Center
550 Chetco Lane
Brookings, OR 

Saturday, April 23
4:00 p.m.
Coos Bay City Council Chambers
500 Central Avenue.
Coos Bay, OR 

Monday, April 25
4:30 p.m.
Hood River Senior Center
2010 Sterling Place
Hood River, OR 

Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5)
Saturday, April 30
9:00 am
City of Silverton Council Chambers
421 South Water Street
Silverton, OR 

Saturday, April 30
11:30 am
Canby Public Library
292 North Holly Street
Canby, OR

Questions about the interchange issue? Contact a member of the Association’s Legislative Affairs team:

Jennifer Wagner, Director of Legislative Advocacy
Mark Minickiello, Vice President, Legislative Affairs
Stacy Augustine, Senior Vice President & General Counsel

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