CUNA Invites Northwest Credit Union Leaders and Advocates to GAC 2015

With midterm elections over, the 114th United States Congress will assemble in Washington D.C. in early 2015, and credit unions are preparing to meet them.

CUNA is hosting its annual Governmental Affairs Conference in our country’s capital March 8-12, and is inviting credit union executives, board members, governmental affairs specialists and others with an interest in the future of credit unions to come, learn and make an impact.

“A new Congress brings new members, which creates new opportunities for partnerships and new responsibilities to deliver the credit union message,” said Jennifer Wagner, NWCUA’s senior vice president of advocacy. “This year, a change in leadership in the U.S. Senate requires that credit unions reassess and potentially realign our priorities, and CUNA’s GAC brings the industry’s leaders together during a critical time in this process.”

CUNA President and CEO Jim Nussle, in a video posted to the event’s website, said, “We’re expecting more than 4,000 credit union leaders and activists. I can tell you that, as a former member of Congress, that kind of size of gathering here in Washington wins lawmakers’ attention.”

Credit unions will have the chance to share key messages with top legislative and regulatory officials. “Regulatory relief, enhancing the charter, protecting the tax exemption, and data breaches are all at the top of our talking points for Congress,” said Nussle.

Watch CUNA President and CEO Jim Nussle’s video introduction to GAC 2015.

According to Nussle, the newly-elected Congress is credit union-friendly, but vigilance on the part of credit unions remains critical. Specifically, the Republican majority has signaled a strong intent to pursue tax reform. “While credit unions must always stand ready to defend their tax exemption, anytime that tax reform is on the agenda in Congress we have to be especially engaged and alert — and CUNA will be,” said Nussle in an article posted to the CUNA website.

“Building relationships with our lawmakers in Washington D.C. is critical to the continued success of the credit union movement,” said NWCUA President and CEO Troy Stang. “Northwest credit unions consistently answer the advocacy call at the highest levels, and I look forward to another impactful GAC this coming March.”

The conference will include high-profile keynote speakers, various targeted breakout sessions, visits to Capitol Hill, and more.

The NWCUA has a room block in the new Marriott Marquis hotel, located at 901 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. The rate is $319 with a 14.5% tax for rooms reserved any nights between Friday, March 6, 2015 and Thursday, March 12, 2015. This new hotel is adjacent to the Washington Convention Center and guests will enjoy direct access to the Convention Center via an underground concourse connection. Many of the GAC related events will move to the Marquis including the Herb Wegner dinner. The NWCUA room block is open until February 11, 2015.

To make your hotel reservation, go to the conference housing website, click the “book a room” button under the “Attendee, Exhibitor and League Housing” header, enter the dates and this code (case sensitive): Green2015. Then click on the search button, select the Marriott Marquis and continue filling in your reservation information. A password needs to be created for each individual reservation. This process secures your credit card information. Continue to enter in your payment information and finish your reservations.

If you need assistance with conference or room registrations, or with any other logistics, please contact the NWCUA’s Director of Project Central Melissa Lovejoy at 206.340.4830 or

For more information about CUNA GAC, call 800.356.9655 x5700, or e-mail

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