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Kansas, Missouri Credit Unions Meet with U.S. Senators

U.S. Senate meetings with credit union leaders took place in Kansas and Missouri on August 17 and 18.

Kansas credit union advocates meet with U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran.

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) met with a large crowd at Envista Credit Union in Topeka on August 18. Sen. Moran addressed key credit union concerns – focusing attention on regulatory relief – and answered questions on how best to work legislatively on those issues.

“Credit unions are very good about reaching out and letting us know about the issues you are facing and how they affect your members,” said Moran. “We know when we are hearing from people about credit unions, that these are actually members and people affected.”

Credit unions represented at the meeting included Azura Credit Union, CommunityAmerica Credit Union, Envista Credit Union, Frontier Community Credit Union, Meritrust Credit Union, Skyward Credit Union, and the Heartland Credit Union Association. Special thanks to Ron Smeltzer, Glen Scott and Envista Credit Union for hosting the meeting and bringing its staff legislative team to participate.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s (R-Missouri) financial services staff member, Courtney Houston-Carter, met with credit union leaders at First Community Credit Union in Chesterfield on August 17. The meeting allowed attendees to individually highlight concerns with Carter, who meets regularly with credit unions during visits to Washington, D.C. and handles financial services issues for Sen. Blunt. Regulatory relief was a key issue, along with data security and highlighting how these problems have an impact on consumers and constituents in Missouri. 

Missouri credit union advocates meet with Courtney Houston-Carter, (center) staffer for U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt.

“Each of us had an opportunity to give specific examples of how difficult it is for us to serve our members under the ever-increasing regulatory burden that credit unions are facing these days,” said Mike O’Brien, St. Louis Community Credit Union. “He seemed genuinely interested in hearing our concerns and eager to discuss our issues with the Senator and other colleagues. Overall, it was a very productive meeting.”

Credit unions represented at the meeting included 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, Anheuser-Busch Employees’ Credit Union, First Community Credit Union, Health Care Family Credit Union, St. Louis Community Credit Union, and Heartland Credit Union Association. Special thanks to First Community Credit Union for hosting.

Attendees thanked both Moran and Blunt for signing the U.S. Senate letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) urging use of the agency’s exemption authority, and for introducing legislation that addressed regulatory relief and data security issues. Both Moran and Blunt are seeking re-election on November 8.