January 07, 2019

NAFCU advocacy well underway with new Congress

2019 prioritiesAs the industry's Washington Watchdog, NAFCU was on Capitol Hill last week for the opening of the 116th Congress. On Thursday alone, NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger, other senior staff and association members talked with several dozen lawmakers and influencers.

NAFCU on Wednesday released its 2019 advocacy priorities, which will guide its efforts to obtain a regulatory environment in which growth is the priority. In addition to growth, other priorities include maintaining a strong NCUA, promoting transparency, attaining regulatory relief, preserving the credit union tax exemption and establishing a fair and innovative market.

Ahead of the new Congress, Berger sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., outlining credit unions' top concerns and tenets for the year.

"We hope that you will work with us to address these top concerns for credit unions in the 116th Congress," Berger wrote to the congressional leaders.

Brady, NAFCU, CUs
NAFCU's Berger (far right), Carrie Hunt (far left) and CU representatives with House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Kevin Brady, R-Texas (center).

While on Capitol Hill Thursday, Berger, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt, Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler and other NAFCU representatives welcomed the new and returning legislators as they were sworn in. They also touted the association's priorities agenda.

See all of the lawmakers NAFCU met with here.

NAFCU's award-winning advocacy team maintains a constant presence on Capitol Hill and works in a bipartisan fashion to ensure credit unions' and their members' best interests are represented and understood by all in Washington.

Now that the 116th Congress has begun, NAFCU will continue to regularly meet with administration officials, lawmakers and regulators to build on the progress made in recent years to create a regulatory environment in which credit unions can thrive.

Hill blitz
From left: Berger with Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo.; Berger and Hunt talk with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass.; Thaler shakes hands with Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Berger with House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y.