Time to Keep Political Pressure on Congress (Misc News: May 1, 2012)
While bankers continue their vocal opposition to member business lending in the U.S. Senate, CUNA is asking credit unions to step up their grassroots efforts to lobby senators to support the bill.
And Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., added that their work will not be in vain because he still expects his MBL bill, S. 2231, to come up for a vote this year.
"We have more confidence in the level of support in Congress today than we did two months ago, and we continue to build support every day," Ryan Donovan, CUNA's senior vice president of legislative affairs, told CUNA News Now. To help build upon this strong base of support, Donovan said, credit union representatives can arrange to meet with federal lawmakers in their home offices, town hall meetings, and other venues this week. Credit unions should contact lawmakers on their Facebook pages and through Twitter to urge them to vote in favor of MBL legislation.
Udall said he is still working to bring his bill before the full Senate.
“Senator Reid has promised a vote on this bill and I’m committed to making that vote happen,” Udall told CU Times. “There is a busy Senate calendar this year, as I understand Senator Schumer — a co-sponsor of the bill — was pointing out, but this will come to the floor for a vote.”
The Senate is on recess this week and senators are in their home states. CUNA encouraged credit unions to continue grassroots lobbying, which includes sending them letters, attending townhall meetings and scheduling appointments to meet with them in person. Click here to use the MCUL’s CapWiz action alert to send a letter to your lawmakers.
Both Michigan senators, Democrats Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin are co-sponsors on the bill. Credit union supporters can still contact the senators to thank them for their support and to make sure they vote for the bill when it comes up for a vote.