Berger opens Caucus with top goals
NAFCU President and CEO B. Dan Berger talked advocacy goals Monday. (Dietsch photo)
Sept. 10, 2013 – NAFCU President and CEO B. Dan Berger opened the first full day of the 2013 Congressional Caucus by detailing his top advocacy goals for the week’s visits to Capitol Hill – noting lawmakers are more than ready to hear the good news about credit unions.
“Tell them the good news you have going on at home,” Berger emphasized, saying that as legislators and their staffs are preoccupied with the conflict in Syria, they will welcome hearing from credit union representatives about how they are helping American communities. Berger reminded the audience: “You are the leaders of the credit union movement.”
Berger began his list of advocacy goals with a metaphor about lobbying being like pushing against a wall, and said that even during times when one cannot push the wall back, keeping the wall from moving forward is still a victory. He particularly cited the credit union federal income tax exemption as an area where keeping the status quo is a good goal for the industry.
Another priority Berger highlighted was housing finance reform and the importance of government-guaranteed access for credit unions to the secondary mortgage market. Berger emphasized the lack of guaranteed access in the current proposed legislation on government-sponsored enterprise – the Corker-Warner bill in the Senate, and the Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners Act in the House.
Finally, Berger talked about the need for regulatory relief and repeated that credit unions did not cause the financial crisis and should not be punished for the actions of big banks. He thanked the industry representatives for coming to Caucus, and encouraged them to spread credit unions’ good news on the Hill.