Georgia credit unions were a part of a 5,000 plus gathering of leaders from across the country at CUNA’s annual Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C. this week. This conference also provided the window of time for “Hike the Hill” trips to the members of Congress to advocate for legislative support of industry issues, as well as highlight the need for credit union supported S. 2155 to pass as well as other positive bills to bring about regulatory relief for credit unions. These meetings are instrumental in sharing the credit union perspective on issues and pursuing legislation (and illustrating precisely what credit unions do to help people afford life), and the mass of individuals on Capitol Hill serve as a visual testament to the grassroots capabilities of the industry.
Thank you to all the Georgia credit union leaders who traveled to D.C. and for all their time discussing issues with the members of Congress. The meetings between legislators and Georgia credit unions addressed the protection of the income tax exemption and the need for comprehensive credit union regulatory relief measures, emphasized Congressional action needed to stem the growing tide of merchant data breaches as well as relief from the ADA website demand letters, and sought support of increasing the ability to provide credit to members.
To aid the Georgia hikers and provide information to the Congressional staff in a way that maximizes their absorption, a legislative micro site was utilized to help educate members of Congress on the key points for credit unions – a format for sharing information easily that both legislators and credit union hikers enjoy! Please see the microsite for the information shared with Georgia Congressmen, and go to @GCUAGov on Twitter to catch highlights of this hectic yet worthwhile trip, or follow the hashtag #CUNAGAC.