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NWCUA Mourns Passing of Sen. Alan Bates

Well-regarded by colleagues, the legislator brought a physician’s background to his work in Oregon Senate. He was 71.

Northwest Credit Union Advocates in Action

With ballots out in both Oregon and Washington and Election Day now just 13 days away, advocates in the Northwest are busy helping candidates and spreading the word to get out the vote.

Merkley Shares Senate Reform Agenda with Credit Unions

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley recently met with credit union leaders. He shared his vision to reform Senate practices and discussed examples of how the regulatory burden impacts credit unions and members.

Oregon’s 2014 Election Takes Shape after Filing Deadline – with a Few Surprises

Sixteen members of the Oregon Legislature aren’t seeking re-election. Two will face primary challengers. And 24 won’t have any opponent at all in the primary or general election.

Credit Union Cookies and Long-Nurtured Relationships Rule a Very Busy Day in Salem

It’s a good thing that Oregon credit union advocates brought specially designed cookies with them to the NWCUA’s Legislative Lunch @ the Capitol, because even on a very busy day during a short legislative session, they found lawmakers hungry to hear about the impact credit unions have on the communities they serve.

Washington Legislative Week in Review: A Primer for the 2014 Session

Washington’s politically divided state Legislature kicked off the 2014 session last week with plenty of big issues on the table, including funding for education and transportation, but the combination of election-year politics and a short session may make reaching any kind of consensus difficult. Here’s a look at what to expect in Olympia.

Pre-Written Letters Make Political Advocacy Easy for Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union’s Members

Credit unions across the country are still being urged to use email, Twitter, and Facebook to tell Congress, “Don’t Tax My CU!” But how can they enlist the help of members who don’t have Internet access or are leery of new technology?

Credit Unions Urged to Tweet Senate Today for “Don’t Tax Tuesday”

The NWCUA and CUNA are calling all credit unions to blitz the US Senate with social media messages July 23—“Don’t Tax Tuesday.” Senators have until Friday to submit their tax reform proposals. A persistent and passionate credit union voice may secure credit union’s tax status.

Northwest Delegation Hikes the Hill to Advocate for Credit Unions this Week

The NWCUA and a delegation of Northwest credit union advocates meet in Washington D.C. this week with key stakeholders in the Congressional tax reform discussion.

Sen. Udall Reintroduces MBL Legislation

Federal legislation that would increase credit unions’ member business lending cap has been reintroduced in the Senate.

Oregon Legislative Update: Betsy Close Chosen to Replace Sen. Frank Morse

This Oregon Legislative Update details the appointment of Betsy Close to the State Senate and provides updated voter registration figures in Oregon leading up to the November election.

Credit Unions Play Waiting Game as S. 2231 Awaits Senate Vote

With a Senate vote on the credit union member business lending bill still not scheduled, credit unions are finding ways to sustain their advocacy efforts over the long haul.

Sen. Murray, Previous Supporter of Credit Unions’ Tax Exemption, to Co-Chair Powerful Committee Charged with Cutting Over $1.5 Trillion in Government Spending

The Northwest Credit Union Association is hopeful that Sen. Patty Murray’s appointment as co-chair of a new deficit reduction committee will be favorable to credit unions.

NWCUA Federal Legislative Week in Review

The latest news about NWCUA efforts in Washington D.C.

NWCUA’s Prize Linked Savings Bill Passes Washington Senate

The Northwest Credit Union Association’s Prize Linked Saving bill on Wednesday passed a Senate floor vote 46-2. The legislation will now move to the House State Government & Tribal Affairs Committee, a body that has already heard and passed a companion measure to the legislation

Congress Takes Step Back on Interchange Bill

Faced with significant pushback from credit unions and consumer advocates, Congress appears ready to re-evaluate regulations on interchange policies that would cost our members and all consumers higher fees on debit card transactions.

Results are in for National GAC

Within one week of the conclusion of the GAC, Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) introduced legislation (the
Small Business Lending Enhancement Act, S509) increasing the authority of credit unions to make business
loans to their members. By the end of that week, 15 senators from both sides of the political aisle, had signed on as cosponsors.