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Conn. Congresswoman on 'Don't Tax': Call Lawmakers' Local Offices
MERIDEN, Conn. (12/11/13)--In a video interview with the Credit Union League of Connecticut, a congresswoman from Connecticut shared tips for credit unions wanting to ensure their position on preserving their tax status is heard and supported in Congress.
 
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.), who is a supporter of credit unions' tax status, told Kelly Fuhlbrigge, league vice president of government relations, in the short video that "it is really important to reach out to your own member of Congress. I pay the most attention to the voices from my own towns and my district."  She tracks the visits, e-mails and calls from constituents, she said.

"If you're in Washington, stop by the office; or stop by the local community office."  A special tip, she said:  "Call the local office in your own state so then we know that local folks care."

"Grassroots really do matter. Voices from home count for a lot," she said.

Esty's interview comes on the heels of another interview with U.S. Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.), who told the league credit unions must maintain close contact with their legislators during the tax reform process (News Now Dec. 5).

The league aims to collect a video from each member of the Connecticut delegation, said Fuhlbrigge.

The full video can be viewed on the league's new CUBE TV page by using the link.
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