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In-District Work Period Brings Credit Union Opportunities

Tracy Henke speaks with CU leaders.

Federal lawmakers are back in Missouri for the August work period, and credit union leaders are taking the opportunity to discuss credit union concerns and issues in-district – including comprehensive tax reform and the need to retain the credit union tax status.

Staff members for U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R) and U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-District 1) met with twelve credit union leaders from seven credit union organizations on Aug. 8 at the Missouri Credit Union Association's St. Louis office. Lou Aboussie from Congressman Clay’s St. Louis office and Tracy Henke, senior policy advisor for Senator Blunt in Washington, D.C. , heard about credit union concerns.

In addition to comprehensive tax reform, topics discussed included regulatory relief needs and legislation, data breach concerns, member business lending, housing finance reform and supplemental capital.

U.S. Rep. Sam Graves’ (R-District 6) Chief of Staff Tom Brown met with credit union leaders on Aug. 16 in Kansas City. CommunityAmerica Credit Union hosted the meeting, which included 14 representatives from six credit union organizations. Graves serves as chair of the House Small Business Committee.

Tom Brown meets with credit union leaders from the Kansas City area.

Brown suggested that credit unions involve credit union members – especially small business owners – from the legislators’ districts when expressing need for legislative action.

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-District 3) visited Credit Union House in Jefferson City on Aug. 19. Ten credit union leaders from eight credit union organizations participated in the meeting. Attendees shared concerns about data breach costs and the impact a court case regarding interchange rates could have on credit unions and other financial institutions.

MCUA is scheduling additional visits with federal lawmakers. A meeting with U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-District 5) is scheduled for Sept. 6.  To RSVP, contact Pat Behnen via email.

MCUA appreciates the following credit unions for participating in the legislative visits.

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer discusses important topics at Credit Union House.
1st Financial Federal Credit Union
Alliance Credit Union
Anheuser-Busch Employees’ Credit Union
Arsenal Credit Union
Burlington Northtown Community Credit Union
CommunityAmerica Credit Union
Edison Credit Union
Electro Savings Credit Union
Employment Security Credit Union
First Financial Credit Union
Heartland Business Services
Highway Alliance Credit Union
Mazuma Credit Union
Mid Missouri Credit Union
River Region Credit Union
St. Louis Community Credit Union
United Credit Union
United Consumers Credit Union
Congressman Graves’ Town Hall Meetings

Lawmakers are also scheduling in-district town hall meetings across the state. Please share any notices about these types of meetings with Amy McLard via email or 314.542.1370.

Congressman Sam Graves has the following meetings scheduled in his district. People who plan to participate are asked to contact Graves’ Kansas City office at 816-792-3976.

Wednesday, Aug. 21
Cameron Town Hall Meeting                                              
D-Dub’s Dragon Diner
115 E. 3rd St.
Cameron, MO
12:15 p.m.

Hamilton Town Hall Meeting                                              
Penney High School (Commons area)
903 N. Davis St.
Hamilton, MO
2:30 p.m.
Gallatin Town Hall Meeting
Daviess County Library (upstairs conference room)                                                            
306 W. Grand St.
Gallatin, MO
3:45 p.m.                                             

Bethany Town Hall Meeting
Toot-Toot Restaurant
2905 Miller St.
Bethany, MO
5:30 p.m.