WASHINGTON (2/28/11)--The 2011 edition of the Credit Union National Associations (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), which will give over 4,000 credit union representatives from across the country access to high profile government speakers and high minded discussion of credit union issues, officially kicks off today.
Todays conference program includes CUNA CEO Bill Cheney, Treasury Under Secretary for Domestic Finance Jeffrey Goldstein, and National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board Chairman Debbie Matz. NCUA Board Member Michael Fryzel, the two authors of the political bestseller Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, and Miracle on the Hudson pilot Chesley B. Sully Sullenberger III will also appear later today. CUNA will also hold its 77th Annual General Meeting, the associations yearly business meeting, on Monday, whose guest speaker is actor John Schneider, co-founder with Marie Osmond of Childrens Miracle Network. Speakers later in the week include House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)the first time a Speaker of the House has addressed a national credit union conference since 1998and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau architect Elizabeth Warren, plus House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) and a video message from Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-S.D.). Also appearing on this years lineup will be:
* Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif); * Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.); * Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.); * Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.); * Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho); * Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.); * Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.); * Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio); and * Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo).
The GAC's Tuesday program will feature a political point/counterpoint discussion between liberal media leader Arianna Huffington and conservative commentator Mary Matalin and a panel discussion on corporate credit unions. Breakout sessions on debit interchange, housing finance reform, compliance issues, and credit union advocacy are also on the schedule. The 2011 GAC will be at the Washington Convention Center, its fourth year there since the conference outgrew its long-time locale at the Hilton Washington. Use the resource link below for more GAC information.