NWCUA, CUNA Issue Call to Action Regarding MBL Legislation

By Jennifer Wagner, NWCUA vice president of legislative advocacy

In the past week, actions in the U.S. Senate have set us up for a vote on the credit union member business lending (MBL) legislation—the first credit union vote on a bill in the U.S. Senate in 14 years—and the vote could come as early as April 16.

The Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) has developed an “all-in” strategy in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) that depends on immediate participation from each Northwest credit union. The strategy centers around a far-reaching Action Alert issued yesterday afternoon asking credit union staff, board members, family and friends to send letters to our Northwest Senators on this issue.

We are starting at zero here, meaning:  Even if you have written your senators in the past—even if you have written to your senators recently—everyone needs to take action again. During the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was adamant that there would be a vote on the MBL bill.

Since then, things have progressed even further. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., repackaged the MBL legislation as a stand-alone bill, which has now been introduced under Senate Rule 14, allowing it to be called up for a vote on the Senate floor at any time.

Take Action

Our ask is simple:  Encourage your senators to support Senate Bill 2231 when it comes to the floor for a vote.

The easiest way to take action is to contact your senators immediately using CUNA’s Grassroots Action Center website. The Grassroots Action Center will ask you to register, at which point you will be provided with pre-written emails to your legislators. You are encouraged to personalize them if you are able, but sending the letter is the most important step. Contacting your senator regarding this important legislation is as simple as a few clicks of the mouse. Click here to contact your senators using CUNA’s Grassroots Action Center.

In addition to emails and letters, we are asking credit unions to have a presence at Town Halls and community events hosted by our Northwest Senators, to collect letters and testimonials from small-business members, and to work with local media partners to bring attention to the issue.

Contact NWCUA Vice President of Legislative Advocacy Jennifer Wagner for more information on ways you can support the passage of the MBL legislation or to learn more about the Association’s “all-in” strategy.


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

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

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