It’s a Wrap: CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference Brings 250 NW Advocates to the Capitol

Northwest credit union advocates joined credit union colleagues from across the nation to spread the message of the Credit Union Difference and to fight for lasting regulatory relief.

3/6/18

Picture of 2018 GAC group

On the heels of three exceedingly successful Credit Union Days at the Capitol in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, 250 Northwest credit union voices joined more than 5,000 credit union advocates to hike the Hill and share the Credit Union Difference with elected officials in Washington, D.C., last week.

Photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Celebrating Excellence in Advocacy

Three Northwest credit unions were honored with the second annual Circle of Excellence Award from the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) for exceptional leadership in their support for the organization.

The award is presented to the credit union that raised the most funds for CULAC (or an affiliated league federal political action committee) in its state during the previous year. CULAC strengthens credit unions’ influence on Capitol Hill by supporting political candidates who understand and promote the Credit Union Difference.

The credit unions included Rexburg, Idaho-based Beehive Federal Credit Union, Corvallis, Oregon-based Oregon State Credit Union, and Liberty Lake, Washington-based STCU.

“We appreciate these credit unions’ leadership regionally and nationally for the important work of CULAC,” said NWCUA President and CEO Troy Stang.

Stang also received a distinguished honor Sunday.

He was inducted into the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders, which was created to honor those who have dedicated their lives to the Credit Union Movement at the local, state, or national level. In addition, he was elected as Secretary on the Board of Directors for CUNA. He previously served as Treasurer. Debie Keesee, President/CEO Spokane Media FCU, also continues to serve on the CUNA Board.

“Debie and I appreciate the honor credit unions have placed in us to serve and bring the Northwest voice to the National conversation,” said NWCUA President and CEO Troy Stang.

From the Mainstage

Former President George W. Bush was a key speaker in an inspiring mainstage lineup Monday, discussing the political, cultural, and financial climate with CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle, and reflecting on his presidency.

Call to Action: An Opportunity to Move the Needle on Regulatory Relief

On Monday, Nussle, incoming CUNA Chairman Maurice Smith, and a small delegation of credit union CEOs from across the country met with President Donald Trump to urge the passage of S. 2155.

This common sense regulatory relief bill benefits credit unions by right-sizing regulation for local financial institutions, relieving them from the ever-increasing regulatory compliance and examiner demands that were written with Wall Street in mind.

The bill is sponsored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who ensured the legislation passed out of the Senate Banking Committee, which he chairs, with bipartisan support. The bill has 26 co-sponsors including 13 Democrats and 13 Republicans.

During GAC, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed with the bill.  All credit union advocates are urged to ask their Members of Congress to support the bill. Click here to add your voice.

Credit union advocates visited the offices of their Northwest legislators to illustrate how this bill benefits credit unions and consumers, and to share why credit unions’ not-for-profit, cooperative structure uniquely positions them to deliver value to members and make a positive impact on the communities they serve.

Interested in getting more involved in credit union advocacy? Please contact Samantha Beeler at sbeeler@nwcua.org. Your NWCUA Advocacy team also is hosting three advocacy training workshops this year, where you’ll learn more about how to message the Credit Union Difference to elected officials.