Hill Visits Cover Key CU issues

CUs discuss taxation, debit interchange, supplemental capital, and member business lending with lawmakers.

March 03, 2011
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Taxation, debit interchange, supplemental capital, member business lending—these are just a few of the critical legislative issues facing credit unions this year. State delegations making GAC Hill visits this week made their points and left lasting impressions with lawmakers.






Justin Hupfer (left), vice president of government affairs for the Iowa CU League, discusses key CU issues with Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, as Mike Harvey and Robert Kressig of Veridian CU, Waterloo, Iowa, observe.

Photo by Robert Hill














CU leaders from South Florida meet with Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla. Up for discussion: Maintaining CUs' tax status and member business lending.

Photo by Mike Bridges







League of Southeastern CUs President/CEO Patrick La Pine (center left) introduces House Financial Services Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus (center right), R-Ala., at a brief meeting.

Photo by Mike Bridges












Freshman Congressman Quico Canseco (right), R-Texas, meets with CUNA Chairman Harriet May, president/CEO, GECU, El Paso, Texas.

Photo by Winter Prosapio









Members of the European Network of CUs accompanied GAC attendees on Hill visits. The group participated in the GAC to learn from, adapt, or adopt practices in their own countries. From left: Fiona Cullen, head of legal, Irish League of CUs; Kevin Dorse, senior policy advisor, CU Central of Canada; Pawel Grzesik, head of Warsaw office, National Association of Savings and CUs, Poland; David Grace, senior vice president, World Council of CUs; Ralph Wharton; CEO, Caribbean Confederation of CUs; Mark Degortardi, head of public affairs, Abacus-Australian Mutuals.

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