WASHINGTON – Some 4,000 credit union representatives, with an advocacy strategy of visiting each of the 535 U.S. Senate and House offices, descended on Capitol Hill yesterday during CUNA 2012 Governmental Affairs Conference’s (GAC) annual Hike-the-Hill. New Jersey credit union advocates met with the offices of 11 of the state’s 14-member delegation, walking away with immediate results.
Pictured from left to right: Jeff Miller, Vice President, Paragon Financial Group, a subsidiary of Visions FCU; Paul Gentile, President/CEO of NJCUL; Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9); and Chris Abeel, Director of Government Affairs for NJCUL.
Member business lending (MBL), supplemental capital, and credit union regulatory burden were the top issues credit unions addressed with their lawmakers.
New Jersey credit union representatives gather for a briefing before "hiking" Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers.
Six members of New Jersey’s delegation had already added their co-sponsorship to MBL reform and two to the regulatory reform bill. While meeting with New Jersey credit union leaders, Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9) agreed to sign-on to both the supplemental capital and regulatory fairness bills.
Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5) takes a break from a House Budget Committee Hearing to meet with N.J. credit union advocates.
“This is proof-positive of the value of taking time to meet face-to-face with our lawmakers,” NJCUL President/CEO said following the Hill meetings. “We had positive feedback from more than one office on the two newer pieces of legislation and we expect additional New Jersey cosponsors in the coming weeks,” he continued.