Northwest Advocates Fan Out Across the Beltway for CUNA GAC

More than 160 advocates from Northwest credit unions joined the NWCUA for CUNA GAC last week,  the first in-person national advocacy event in more than two years. Under bright sunny skies, the advocates met with dozens of elected officials to message the Credit Union Difference.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), who is Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, told advocates, “One of my priorities is to protect your tax exemption.” Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), a longtime supporter of not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions, was guest speaker at the NWCUA’s closing reception. A host of other elected leaders generously gave of their time to hear credit unions’ community impact data and member stories.

Advocates asked for support of key legislation, including:

  • HR 5189, expanding member business lending abilities;
  • 762, extending the loan majority cap for federal chartered credit unions from 15 to 20 years;
  • HR 2311, modernizing credit union governance including employee/member safety provisions; and
  • 1767, the Credit Union Employee and Member Safety Act.

NWCUA is working with Northwest advocates to keep the good news in front of legislators. In the coming weeks, additional meetings are being scheduled both with federal and state elected officials representing Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Posted in Advocacy News, CUNA.