Thursday, March 03, 2011 11:47:00 AM
WASHINGTON - Yesterday during CUNA's annual Government Affairs Conference (GAC), credit union advocates from across the nation met with their respective Congressional delegations during the annual credit union Hike-the-Hill.
CU advocates visiting the office of Congressman's Lance office. From left to right: Ray Del Nero, Peter Bruno, Anthony Mero, Lena Matthews, NJCUL President Paul Gentile, Congressman Leonard Lance, John Fenton, Manny Weiss, and Tom O'Shea.
The Hike-the-Hill is a key component of the GAC. It demonstrates to members of Congress just how committed credit unions are to playing an active role in the public policy process.
New Jersey participants began the day with a legislative briefing and then headed to Capitol Hill to bring the credit union message directly to our state's lawmakers and their staff. Representatives of NJCUL-affiliated credit unions met with the offices of all but two members of New Jersey's fifteen-member Congressional delegation. Several lawmakers took time from their busy schedules to personally hear about credit union concerns.
Issues discussed included the "return on investment" of the credit union tax exemption, the pending Fed interchange fee rule and the need to stop, study, and reconsider changes to the card payment system, and member business lending reform.
In addition to GAC attendees, five professionals and volunteers from three credit unions traveled to Washington to participate in the Hike-the-Hill.