WASHINGTON – The nation’s capitol will be overrun this week with financial services providers gathering to press their respective legislative agendas.
CUNA’s 2012 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), which will give over 4,000 credit union representatives from across the country access to high profile government speakers and information on the latest credit union issues, officially kicks off today. About 1,000 bankers will also be in town for the ABA’s Government Relations Summit.
CUNA CEO Bill Cheney will welcome attendees to the conference today, with NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz, journalistic duo Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), CFPB Director Richard Cordray, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also scheduled to speak.
Other GAC speakers include House Financial Services Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), House Majority Whip and House Financial Services Committee member Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Assistant House Democratic Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.), retiring Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), and Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Ron Woodall (R-Ga.), Shelly Moore Capito (R-W. Va.), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are also scheduled to speak.
The GAC's Tuesday program will feature political discussion from pundit Charlie Cook and remarks from NCUA Board Member Gigi Hyland, and breakout sessions on credit union advocacy, examination issues, the 2012 economic forecast, the upcoming 2012 elections, and what the CFPB means to credit unions.
Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) and Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) will also discuss the relevance of legislative advocacy at the state level at a Tuesday breakout session discussion entitled: From the State House to Capitol Hill—The Critical Nature of State Advocacy.
Many of the legislators listed above, and NCUA Board Member Michael Fryzel, will speak on Wednesday before credit union advocates Hike-the-Hill to discuss credit union issues with all 535 congressional offices.
Two members of Congress will be speaking to the bankers this week, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, who chairs the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions & Consumer Credit and Senator Mark Warner is also expected to deliver remarks.
The ABA’s agenda includes a General Session panel discussion today entitled, “Outhustling and Outmuscling the Credit Unions.”