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Largest Number of Kansas & Missouri CU Advocates Attend GAC

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS District 2)
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO District 3) U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran (R-KS District 1) 
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO)

More than 100 credit union advocates from Kansas and Missouri shared a message of common sense regulatory reform, need for data security action and the credit union cooperative structure and difference at the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC). Attendees represented 34 credit unions from across the two states at this year's GAC in Washington, D.C., February 26-March 2. They joined more than 5,000 credit union leaders from across the country.

As part of the event, credit union leaders headed to Capitol Hill on March 1-2 to discuss credit union concerns with members of Congress. Attendees met with lawmakers or staff in every legislative office representing Missouri or Kansas. Check out the legislative handout provided to federal lawmakers:    

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"Elected officials are shown numbers and statistics all day long," said Brad Douglas, president/CEO of the Heartland Credit Union Association. "This week, we put a hometown face to the credit union movement. That's something our Congressional delegation - both the veterans and the freshmen - will remember when it comes time to make decisions on the kind of regulatory relief and data breach intervention that credit unions are asking for."

Following the legislative meetings, U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS District 2) has signed on as a cosponsor to H.R. 1031, a bill that would eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) by repealing the section of Dodd-Frank where it was created.

In advance of Hill visits, two members of Congress from the heartland addressed the entire GAC, focusing on regulatory burden concerns and data security needs. U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), a longtime credit union supporter and lead Republican sponsor of data security legislation, shared his thanks to credit unions for their support and advice on key issues on February 28. U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO District 3), who serves as Chair of the House Financial Services subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, addressed the crowd on March 1.

“It’s very important for you, as financial institutions who are working directly with the people in your communities, to share the stories that demonstrate the impact of growing regulatory burden on the people coming into your credit unions,” said Congressman Luetkemeyer. “You must share those stories with your members of Congress so they can understand the real effect of these regulations.”

Request for Regulatory Burden Impact Examples
Multiple members of Congress asked for specific examples of regulatory burden impact like stories of members personally affected by the increased regulations. Please share these stories/examples with HCUA Advocacy

Click here to see more photos from the GAC.

GAC Recognition for HCUA Member Credit Unions
​HCUA members from Kansas and Missouri credit unions received recognition this past week for contributions on the national front. Among those honored during CUNA's GAC:

  • Envista Credit Union, Topeka, Kansas, and United Consumers Credit Union, Independence, Missouri, received the inaugural CULAC Circle of Excellence Award on for support of the federal credit union political action committee, CULAC.
  • United Credit Union, Mexico, Missouri, received the national first place Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award. 
  • CommunityAmerica Credit Union, Kansas City, was honored with the MAP Founders Award for its commitment to launching and sustaining a Member Activation Program (MAP). MAP is an initiative designed to help credit unions engage and activate members on issues that impact their member-owned credit union, including data breaches and regulatory relief.