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Missouri-Kansas Hike the Hill Brings Credit Unions, Lawmakers Together

Missouri and Kansas credit union leaders joined forces for a successful Hike the Hill in Washington, D.C. on October 20-22.

Ten staff and volunteers made Hill visits to all 10 of Missouri’s Congressional offices on October 21-22. The meetings with lawmakers and staff focused on data security, the wide range of regulatory relief issues and bills, and parity bills in regards to member business lending and the Federal Home Loan Bank. Click here to see the briefing materials shared with Missouri’s federal lawmakers.

“It is important that our elected officials hear our positions on legislation on a regular basis,” says Steve Pierson, former president/CEO for BluCurrent Credit Union and a Hike the Hill attendee. “Seeing them in D.C., as well as in their home district, is the most effective way to accomplish this.”

Missouri’s Hill visits followed a meeting with National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Chairman Deborah Matz, legislative and regulatory briefing at National Credit Union House, and a group dinner for both states’ attendees. Click here to view the article.

“We have seen an increased importance and need for regulatory advocacy – not only with regulatory agencies but with our U.S. Senators and Representatives,” says Amy McLard, MCUA SVP of Advocacy. “For example, our Hike the Hill attendees could address the member business lending issue in connection with NCUA's MBL proposal, as well as with members of Congress by explaining how this proposal and legislation could affect credit union members back in their districts.”

Credit unions from Missouri represented at Hike the Hill include:

  • BluCurrent Credit Union
  • CommunityAmerica Credit Union
  • Heartland Business Services, LLC
  • Mid Missouri Credit Union
  • United Consumers Credit Union
  • West Community Credit Union

"When the Missouri delegation sees familiar faces on the Hill year after year they get a sense for just how committed credit unions are to their members and their communities,” says Keith Steinhoff, President/CEO of Heartland Business Services, LLC.

The Missouri Credit Union Association is already preparing for the next round of legislative visits during the Credit Union National Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference. Information on the Missouri room block was distributed to credit union presidents on October 15. There will also be Hike the Hill in 2016.

“Hike the Hill is a great way to meet with our federal legislators in a well-structured, yet informal setting. This unique access focuses attention on regulatory and legislative challenges facing Missouri’s credit unions,” says Johnny O’Hare, president/CEO of Mid Missouri Credit Union. “As with most things, there is power in numbers. If you’ve never been part of the advocacy successes from Hike the Hill, I’d really recommend you to sign up for the next event.”

Photos from the October Hike the Hill are available on the Credit Union Advocates of Missouri Facebook page

Caption (top): Sen. Roy Blunt meets with Hike the Hill participants. 

Caption (bottom): Sen. Claire McCaskill meets with credit union advocates during October Hike the Hill.