Federal Legislative Week in Review

Congress in Recess. Congress remains in recess this week and we are seeing many of our senators and representatives in their districts—holding town halls, meeting with constituent groups, and kicking off campaign activities with fundraisers and events.

This week is a great opportunity to see your legislators in person and remind them of the urgency of the interchange issue and the need to stop, study, and start over.  Keep your eye out at Chamber events, Rotary meetings and other community events for your legislators and the opportunity to bend their ear for a minute.  See the bottom of the page for a list of town hall meetings.

Many credit unions have taken the next step with their grassroots efforts and engaged their membership.  Thank you to those credit unions that have added a websticker or link on your website, put something in your newsletter, or armed your front line staff with information to share with your members.  North Coast Credit Union in Bellingham, Wash., is a great example of engaging membership through the website, with use of a “pop up” asking for the member’s help on an urgent issue.  This box briefly explains the interchange bills in Congress and the potential impact on checking accounts, and includes a link to Capwiz, where members can email their Senators.  Please take a minute to check out North Coast’s website.

We have heard from several credit unions that members are asking them about this issue, and why banks have announced that they will do away with free checking.  This is a great opportunity to refer those members to your website to learn more about the interchange issue and e-mail their federal delegation.

Congress returns to work next Tuesday and we expect it will be a busy week.  Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), the lead sponsor of Senate interchange language, has been working very hard to secure the votes to move the interchange bill in the Senate.  We expect action as early as next week.  Stay tuned…

Congressman David Wu (OR-1)
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
6:00-7:15 pm
East Sylvan Middle School Gym
1849 SW 58th Avenue
Portland, OR 97221

Thursday, April 28, 2011
5:30-6:45 pm
Newberg Town Hall
Chehalem Cultural Center
415 E. Sheridan Street
Newberg, OR 97132

Friday, April 29, 2011
5:30-6:45 pm
Civic Center—Civic Auditorium
City Council Meeting Room
150 E Main Street
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Saturday, April 30, 2011
10:00-11:15 am
Astoria Middle School
1100 Klaskanine Road
Astoria, OR 97103

Saturday, April 30, 2011
2:30-3:45 pm
Rainier High School
28170 Old Rainier Road
Rainier, OR 97048

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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