WASHINGTON (2/7/13)--Another high-profile political name has been added to the Credit Union National Association's 2013 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC): House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).
The majority leader has made headlines in recent days as he has outlined a new vision to move the Republican party forward following the 2012 elections. Part of that vision includes reforming the country's tax laws, a goal others in Congress share as well.
Preserving the tax status of credit unions is a top CUNA priority and will be a key discussion item during the GAC. As lawmakers move toward March 1 federal debt and tax discussion deadlines, CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney has said he can't "think of a better time for credit union supporters to be in Washington, in force."
Cantor spoke at the GAC in 2009 and 2010, and in 2010 he noted the importance of expanding credit unions roles in helping their communities. More than 600,000 businesses are started each year--about one per minute--and those individuals need credit unions, Cantor said.
Cantor will speak during the morning general session on Feb. 27.
Other legislators on the GAC speaking schedule include: Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), Democratic National Committee Chairman and credit union supporter Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), and credit union champions Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.). House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Financial Services Committee senior member Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) are also slated to speak at the 2013 GAC.
CUNA's 2013 GAC will take place Feb. 24-28 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. This year's GAC theme, "Powerful Cause, Positive Effect," reflects the credit union commitment to the 95 million working Americans who rely on credit unions every day.
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