Credit union leaders are in Washington D.C. for Missouri Hike the Hill this week. A full day of visits on Capitol Hill takes place on June 18, with meetings scheduled with all ten Missouri U.S. Senate and House offices. Participants are also visiting the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) offices for board meeting on June 19.
"We know that it can be challenging to take time out of busy schedules to visit Washington, D.C. and meet with federal lawmakers," says Amy McLard, SVP of Advocacy for the Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA). "There is a lot at hand that affects credit unions and their members on the federal level, and it's important to keep those concerns in front of elected officials. We appreciate the efforts of those going on Hike the Hill, and also those credit union advocates back home who are supporting these Hill visits by reaching out to lawmakers and respectfully reinforcing the credit union difference."
MCUA encourages credit union advocates at home to share examples of how their credit unions have positively affected communities, as well as member testimonials during Hike the Hill. A handout outlining how to tag federal lawmakers in social media is available here. Click here to see the full story on how to contact lawmakers during Hike the Hill. Advocates are asked to use the tag #MOHiketheHill in any posts.
Credit union staff and volunteers from five credit unions in Missouri - including Anheuser-Busch Employees' Credit Union, BluCurrent Credit Union, CommunityAmerica Credit Union, Mid Missouri Credit Union and Vantage Credit Union - are taking part in Missouri Hike the Hill. Issues to be discussed include data breach concerns, regulatory reform, supplemental capital, member business lending, patent trolling, housing finance reform, and preserving the credit union tax status when Congress addresses comprehensive tax reform. Attendees will also personally thank the eight Missouri U.S. House members for their support of a Congressional letter to the NCUA regarding its Risk-Based Capital proposal.
Watch next week's Missouri Difference for more details about the meetings with lawmakers and the NCUA during Hike the Hill. This will be the only Missouri Hike the Hill in 2014 due to the November elections. However, in-district meetings will take place this summer and fall. Contact Amy McLard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314.542.1370 if you are interested in participating in these in-district meetings. You are also encouraged to sign up to be a Credit Union Advocate.
Caption: Hike the Hill attendees arrive in Washington D.C. They are pictured inside of the Marriott Marquis, the hotel for CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference in 2015.