As 116th Congress Takes Office, NWCUA Advocacy Team Takes Action


During his first week in Congress, Representative Russell Fulcher (R-ID 1) met with Samantha Beeler, NWCUA Vice President of Advocacy.

As the 116th Congress was sworn in Jan. 3, the Northwest Credit Union Association messaged Northwest members about credit union priorities in the coming session. Samantha Beeler, NWCUA Vice President of Advocacy, attended the swearing in, and met with most of the region’s Congressional delegation to keep credit unions’ 2019 policy agenda front and center.

Particularly important was the opportunity to share Credit Union Difference information with newly elected Representatives Kimberly Schrier (D-WA 8) and Russell Fulcher (R- ID 1).

“We look forward to working with all of our Northwest delegation, furthering policy that is important to the Credit Union Movement,” Beeler said. “In collaboration with our member credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, we developed an agenda reflecting the needs of credit unions, and their more than seven million members in this region.”

Federal advocacy priorities this session include:

  • Protecting credit unions from unnecessary regulation that impedes service to members;
  • Preserving the credit union income tax status;
  • Advocating for legislation that protects consumers and credit unions against data breaches, particularly by urging Congress to hold merchants to the same accountability standards as credit unions; and
  • Modernizing the Bank Secrecy Act.

“We are continuing to work with Northwest credit union leaders to help identify further issues of importance to credit unions, and will be diligent advancing those priorities in Congress,” Beeler said.

The NWCUA and a delegation of more than 200 Northwest credit union advocates will meet in person with the Northwest delegation during the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. March 10-14.

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