There were 30 credit union staff and volunteers from Nebraska credit unions and the League who traveled to Washington D.C. for the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in late February. This year’s GAC recorded more than 5,000 credit union advocates from across the Country in attendance. The primary focus of the GAC is the Hill visits made by advocates during the conference. Nebraska’s credit union advocates went to the Hill on Tuesday and Wednesday to meet with Nebraska’s Congressional Delegation.
During the conference, attendees heard from Congressional leaders including House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) , NCUA Board Members Rick Metsger and Chairman J. Mark McWatters, and keynote speakers General Colin Powell and Bob Schieffer. Also during the conference several Nebraska credit unions were recognized for their outstanding efforts in political fundraising, advocacy efforts, and service to members.
Congratulations to the following:
-Nebraska Energy FCU recognized as Member Benefits Top Performer
-Liberty First CU recognized as top CULAC fundraising credit union in Nebraska.
-Family Focus FCU recognized for their outstanding participation in the Membership Activation Program (MAP).
-League recognized for reaching 100% of its CULAC fundraising goal.
-Jerry Barnett, President/CEO of LincOne FCU was inducted into the Credit Union House “Hall of Leaders” for his years of outstanding service.
The League hosted several events for Nebraska credit union attendees including a Welcome Reception, the Hill Staff Reception, and a advocates dinner. The Hill staff reception was held at the Monocle Restaurant on Capitol Hill and was well attended by staff members of Nebraska’s Congressional Delegation. In addition to the events hosted by the League, attendees also hiked Capitol Hill to lobby Nebraska’s Congressmen and Senators on issues of importance to credit unions. The top priority of those advocacy efforts was the need for regulatory relief from the onslaught of regulations being promulgated by the Dodd-Frank Act, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the NCUA, and dozens of other federal agencies over the past nine years. They thanked Senators Fischer and Sasse for their strong support of reforming the CFPB. Advocates discussed the value of credit unions in the marketplace and the preservation of the tax status. They urged lawmakers to hold merchants accountable for data breaches and to ensure merchants are held to the same standard as financial institutions when it comes to protecting the personal financial information of consumers.
NE CU Advocates meet with Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE)