One of the largest groups of Michigan credit union supporters in recent years will spend much of this week in Washington hearing the latest industry updates and advocating on behalf of the industry at the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference.
This year’s conference will feature two days of keynote addresses, general sessions, and breakout workshops, followed by two days of lawmaker visits.
The lineup of GAC speakers includes financial expert Jean Chatzky, renowned broadcast journalist and author Tom Brokaw, CFPB Director Richard Cordray and CUNA President and CEO Bill Cheney. There are also several political figures who will address attendees, including Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio.
One of the highlights of the annual trip is the chance for members of the Michigan credit union delegation to sit down with the Michigan congressional delegation.
The group will divide and conquer by region in order to visit every Michigan congressman and senator to educate him or her on credit union issues and concerns. That includes Michigan’s two freshman congressmen, Reps. Dan Kildee, D-Flint, and Kerry Bentivolio, R-Milford, and the three members of the Michigan delegation who sit on the House Financial Services Committee, Reps. Kildee, Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Twp., and Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland.
“It’s impossible to overstate the importance of these face-to-face visits with our lawmakers,” MCUL & Affiliates CEO Dave Adams said. “Now more than ever, they need to hear personal stories directly from credit union leaders about the work we’re doing to help families, small businesses, and communities across our state.”
MCUL & Affiliates will once again provide daily video coverage of the CUNA GAC through CUBE TV. Check back each morning for a recap of the previous day’s events, as well as a peak at what lies ahead.