Rep. Denny Heck: Credit Unions will Help Americans Reclaim the Dream

“Everything I ever needed to know, I learned working at the teller window at Columbia Credit Union,” Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA) declared Tuesday in his remarks to advocates attending the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C.

“I loved working for that credit union,” Heck said, “because every day I got to go to work and help people live the American dream.”

Heck was elected in November to represent Washington’s newly created 10th Congressional District.

He was introduced to the GAC this morning by Troy Stang, president and CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA). Stang noted Heck’s roots in credit unions, starting as a teller and later becoming Marking Director for Columbia CU.

“Ten years before coming to Congress, Denny Heck successfully grew several small businesses in Washington State,” Stang said. “One of those small businesses, which specializes in workplace education, was started in Olympia with only two employees. Today it employs more than 300 people.”

Heck won a warm round of applause by telling the advocates that both he and his wife have been credit union members their entire adult lives. And his next step was to walk his talk.

Stressing that “our economy tanked because of a few people on Wall Street,” Heck pointed out that credit unions were not part of the problem—but they could be part of the solution. Heck was emphatic that Congress should encourage and enable credit unions to make more small business loans, and said he “can’t wait” to vote for legislation that will allow credit unions to lend.

“That cannot be stressed enough,” he said. “Small businesses are creating two out of three of all new jobs. I know how important access to capital is.”

“The American dream is slipping away,” Congressman Heck said. “Americans need financial security and a path to reclaim the American dream. I know credit unions will be there.”

 

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
Pam Leavitt, Policy Advisor

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