HR 1151: ‘When we roared, we couldn’t be beat’

‘It was a wake-up call for credit unions to evolve politically and get active.’

Before the fight to pass H.R. 1151, the Credit Union Membership Access Act, credit unions were somewhat of a political afterthought on Capitol Hill, says Buddy Gill, a chief architect of the effort to pass this legislation.

Passage of HR 1151 was a modern day ‘David vs. Goliath’ battle, says the former political strategist and credit union lobbyist.

Afterward, credit unions became a political force and remain so today, says Gill, a former NCUA senior advisor who’s now an Engagement Consultant with CUNA.

He reflects on efforts to pass this historic legislation, and lessons that still apply today.


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