Representatives from credit unions in the Kansas City region shared key federal concerns with U.S. Rep. Sam Graves’ (R-District 6) staff during an in-district meeting. Melissa Roe, Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Graves, met with eleven leaders from six credit union organizations at CommunityAmerica Credit Union on August 24.
Attendees shared their appreciation for Congressman Graves’ support of the ATM disclosure bill (H.R. 4267), the Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act (H.R. 5817) and the Examination Fairness bill (H.R. 3461). All three bills benefit both credit unions and banks.
Graves, who serves as chairman of the House Small Business Committee, is not a cosponsor for the credit union member business lending (MBL) bill, the Small Business Lending Enhancement Act (H.R. 1418). Attendees provided the business lending profiles for credit unions across the state, and urged Roe to share with Congressman Graves the needs of small business owners and entrepreneurs to have more access to capital.
“There seems to be a misconception by Congressman Graves that the MBL cap of 12.25% that was established in 1998 as part of the CU Membership Access Act, is ‘working as it was intended’ and doesn’t need to be increased,” says Glenna Osborn, president/CEO of Missouri Central Credit Union. “It is important for credit unions to keep sharing our message, especially in these circumstances, and the staff member seemed genuinely interested in hearing the credit union argument for an increase in the cap.”
Organizations that participated in the August 24 meeting included:
CommunityAmerica Credit Union
Mazuma Credit Union
Missouri Central Credit Union
Saint Luke’s Credit Union
United Consumers Credit Union
Missouri Credit Union Association
Missouri federal lawmakers are back in the state for the in-district work period during August. The Missouri Credit Union Association is working to schedule meetings with the Congressional delegation.
U.S. Rep. Billy Long: A meeting with U.S. Rep. Billy Long (R-District 7) is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in Springfield on September 5. Registration information was sent to Springfield and Joplin chapter credit unions. Congressman Long is also holding a series of district “listening posts” beginning on Monday, September 17, through Friday, September 21. For more information, visit: http://long.house.gov/press-releases/long-announces-district-listening-posts/.
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer: Credit union representatives who were unable to make the in-district meeting in Jefferson City on August 13 will have additional opportunities to meet with U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-District 9). Luetkemeyer has announced a series of Constituent Service Days that began August 27 and end August 30. Visit http://luetkemeyer.house.gov for more information.
U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver: The Missouri Credit Union Association is working with U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s (D-District 5) staff to schedule an in-district meeting. It appears that an October meeting will take place, with more details coming soon.
If you learn of a federal legislative opportunity in your region, please contact Amy McLard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314.542.1370.
Photo caption (L to R): Chris McCreary (United Consumers), Pat Yokley & Crystal Hinck (CommunityAmerica), Jay Neathery (United Consumers), Lisa Snead (Mazuma), Amy Grothaus (CommunityAmerica), Melissa Roe (U.S. Rep. Sam Graves' Deputy Chief of Staff), Susie Venable (Saint Luke's), Glenna Osborn (Missouri Central), Amy McLard & Jay Swearingen (Missouri Credit Union Association), Rick Schier (CommunityAmerica)