CUs from 9 states ‘Hike the Hill’ to visit Congress, agencies

Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.) meets with staff from Illinois credit unions and the Illinois Credit Union League during a "Hike the Hill" visit to Capitol Hill this week.

It was a busy week in Washington, D.C. for credit unions, as five credit union leagues representing nine states came in for Fall “Hike the Hill” visits to discuss credit union issues with legislators and regulators. The Credit Union Association of the Dakotas, Illinois Credit Union League, League of Southeastern Credit Unions, Georgia Credit Union Affiliates, and Mountain West Credit Union Association participated.

Many young professionals kicked off their week with CUNA’s young professionals advocacy training. The visits throughout the week included dozens of meetings with elected officials on Capitol Hill, and officials at NCUA and the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, as well as briefings from CUNA staff.

“As a credit union leader, I believe it is vital to our industry’s mission to maintain and increase dialogue with legislators and their staff. Participating in this year’s Hike the Hill event presented a terrific opportunity to do just that,” said Brad R. Bergmooser, vice president and general counsel of BCU, Vernon Hills, Ill. “The League’s advocacy team has a remarkable bipartisan relationship with lawmakers, and it has been deeply rewarding to witness the advancement of credit union public policy interests first hand.”


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