WASHINGTON (2/29/12)--As final preparations for the 2012 edition of the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) begin, another high profile speaker has been added to the list: Rep. Shelly Moore Capito (R-W. Va.).
She has backed regulatory relief for credit unions and has pledged to support the credit union tax exemption, and recently supported credit union interests by serving as lead sponsor of the Financial Institution Examination Fairness and Reform Act (H.R. 3461). That legislation would allow financial institutions to appeal examination reports from federal financial regulators and would provide further clarity to those regulators. It would also give credit unions and other financial institutions access to decision-making information gathered in their exams and codify exam policy guidance for financial regulators.
Capito will be joined at the GAC by many other key U.S. House colleagues, including House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), House Financial Services Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), House Majority Whip and House Financial Services Committee member Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Assistant House Democratic Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.), and Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.).
Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are also scheduled to speak.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, premier, non-partisan political analyst Charlie Cook, and journalistic duo Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein are also on the schedule of speakers.
The 2012 GAC, which will take place March 18-22 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., will provide more than 4,000 credit union representatives an opportunity to hear from influential leaders from Congress and the federal regulatory agencies during the meeting's sessions, as well discuss pressing credit union issues with federal lawmakers and regulators in private meetings.
Recognized as the premier conference to attend for political impact, credit union networking and industry updates, the GAC also offers a wide array of educational breakout sessions, the industry's largest exhibitor showcase, guest/family programs to tour Washington's sights, and special entertainment including an opening concert and the closing Gala Reception and Dance. This year's event will be kicked off by American Idol star Taylor Hicks, who will perform at the opening concert, sponsored by the CUNA Councils.
Registration, housing information, and other information can be found using the resource link below.