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GAC 2015 Underway, CU Leaders Meet with Federal Lawmakers

Missouri volunteers and staff are taking part in the Credit Union National Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), joining thousands of credit union leaders from across the country.  Thirty-four people representing 11 credit unions and the Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA) are on hand in Washington, D.C.

A vital part of the GAC is meeting with lawmakers. Missouri’s credit union advocates are visiting Capitol Hill on March 11 and 12. The focus of the meetings is to discuss issues and bills affecting credit unions. This includes preserving the credit union tax status, stopping merchant data breaches and removing barriers to member service (i.e. unnecessary privacy notices and regulatory relief). Click here for the MCUA legislative handout highlighting bills and issues.

Credit union advocates are meeting with both of Missouri’s U.S. Senators, Claire McCaskill (D) and Roy Blunt (R), as well as staff members handling financial services issues for Missouri’s eight House members.

“There are a significant number of bills impacting credit unions  and their members that were just introduced in the last week,” says Amy McLard, MCUA SVP of Advocacy. “Credit union leaders have a lot to talk about with Hill staff and to encourage lawmakers’ support.”

Watch for more details and photos from Missouri’s Hill visits on Facebook and in next week’s Missouri Difference.

Take Action at Home

While credit union leaders are in Washington, D.C., support from home is very important. Credit union advocates are encouraged to send messages to members of Congress on the data breach issue by clicking here. Because U.S. House members will be in Missouri during GAC, you can help share the credit union message with them directly at local forums and district meetings when possible.

You can also help by tweeting and posting positive messages to lawmakers on Facebook throughout the week. Click here for a social media guide to reach federal lawmakers. Examples of some messaging to use in advance of GAC Hill visits on March 11-12:  “Missouri #creditunions are ready to meet with (insert lawmaker handles) at #CUNAGAC” or “#Creditunions ask (insert lawmaker handles) to help #StoptheDataBreaches.