Oregon Spring GAC Meeting

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Credit Union Leaders Participate in Congressional Women’s Leadership Luncheon

Female credit union leaders gathered in Portland, OR earlier this week as part of Congressman Blumenauer’s (D – OR 3) Annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon. The event celebrates female led initiatives in the region and in Congress. As such, participants heard from Congresswoman Bonamici (D – OR 1) and Congresswoman Underwood (D – IL 14). 

Members of Congress Home for Spring Recess

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NCUA Western Region Meeting

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NCUA Board Member Rick Metsger Addresses Northwest Credit Union Association Committee

On Thursday March 28, NCUA Board Member Rick Metsger and NCUA Associate Regional Director Mike Dyer addressed the Northwest Credit Union Associations Regulatory Advisory Subcommittee. Board Member Metsger provided the committee with an update on rules and regulations that the board may pursue, and insight on the board’s decision to lower the normal operating level–which […]

Senate Confirms Hood, Harper for NCUA BOD, While Oregonian Rick Metsger Wraps up Service

The Senate confirmed Rodney Hood and Todd Harper Thursday to serve on the National Credit Union Board of Directors, meaning the agency will have a full-time board for the first time in three years. Hood will replace Oregonian Rick Metsger, who continued to serve even after his term expired in August 2017. Harper fills the seat […]

A Win for CUs: Sen. Warren Updates American Housing and Economic Mobility Act

Samantha Beeler, your Association’s VP, Advocacy just checked in from CUNA GAC to let us know that Senator Elizabeth Warren has introduced an updated version of the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act. When this legislation was originally introduced, Sen. Warren planned to expand the Community Reinvestment Act to include some credit union requirements. The […]

Idaho Senator Crapo Addresses CUNA GAC

Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) took the main stage at the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference Tuesday, and thanked credit union advocates for supporting the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S.2155). “This bill was the largest regulatory rollback for Main Street financial institutions in nearly a decade, passed with broad, bipartisan support and signed […]

Northwest Advocates Prepped for Hill Visits Tomorrow

More than 200 advocates representing credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, are prepared to fan out Wednesday to meet with every Northwest Member of Congress, U.S. Senator, or staff members. They are attending the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference. Customized advocacy training was provided by your Association’s Jennifer Wagner, EVP and Chief Advocacy Officer, and […]

Maps CU’s Jake Stai Informs Oregon House Committee About Account Closures

At a hearing March 6, the Oregon House Business and Labor Committee considered legislation relating to account closures by financial institutions. HB 2218 would require financial institutions, “when unilaterally closing accounts” to notify the account holders of the reasons. Your Association did not take a position on this measure but accompanied a member advocate who […]

Bipartisan Bill Easing Cannabis Banking Services Introduced in House

Just two weeks after a historic hearing in which Congress considered the difficulties financial institutions face serving legal marijuana businesses, bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the House which may provide a solution. Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA-10) is among four sponsors of the Safe and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act. While Heck has supported such […]

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson Passes Away Following Battle with Cancer

We’re sad to share the news that Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Richardson spent decades in public service, serving as a combat helicopter pilot in Vietnam, three decades as an attorney, and 19 years in public office including six terms in the Oregon House. He […]

Oregon House Committee on Business and Labor Passes Two Credit Union Priority Bills

Oregon credit unions’ priority bills, developed in collaboration with the NWCUA’s member credit unions, are advancing through the legislature. Monday, the House Committee on Business and Labor passed two bills, which will next be scheduled for votes on the House floor. The bills are HB 2411, allowing financial institutions to swipe drivers’ licenses to populate […]

NCUA Senate Nomination Hearing

On Thursday, the Senate Banking Committee conducted a hearing on the nomination of Todd M. Harper, of Virginia, and Rodney Hood, of North Carolina, to serve on the  National Credit Union Administration Board. In his opening statement Senator Mike Crapo (ID), Chairman  of the Banking Committee said, “The NCUA plays a critical role in overseeing and insuring […]