July 15, 2016

This week: RNC convention kicks off, NAFCU representing CUs

The Republican National Convention kicks off today in Cleveland, and NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt, Senior Associate Director of Legislative Affairs Chad Adams and Associate Director of Political Affairs Meghan Brady are on site to make sure credit union issues are part of the conversation.

Scheduled speakers for the week include House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., House Financial Services Subcommittee Chairman Sean Duffy, R-Wis., Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Michael McCaul, R-Texas. Duffy is among the speakers confirmed for NAFCU's upcoming Congressional Caucus; read more here.

"This election cycle is crucial for credit unions, and NAFCU is here to make sure the credit union voice is heard," said Hunt.

Next week, NAFCU Board Vice Chair Jeanne Kucey (CEO & President of JetStream Federal Credit Union) and NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler will be in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention.

Congress began a seven-week recess Thursday, providing an important opportunity for credit unions to engage with lawmakers in their home districts on issues affecting the industry.

O'Brien is encouraging member credit unions to reach out to lawmakers while they're in town to discuss top credit union industry concerns. "Credit union advocates need to use every opportunity they have to get their message out there," O'Brien said. "This election year, credit unions have ample opportunity to see their representatives face-to-face and make those connections."

For help setting up meetings with lawmakers during an in-district work period, NAFCU members can contact NAFCU Director of Political Affairs Dan O'Brien at

Also this week, the NCUA Board will hold its last open meeting before September. The meeting slated Thursday, will address the 2016 mid-year budget review, a quarterly report on the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund and a briefing on the agency's 2017-2021 strategic plan.