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N.C. S.C. leagues start spring Hill-hike season
WASHINGTON (5/14/12)--Member business lending (MBL) legislation was again the focus last week, as credit union leaders from North Carolina and South Carolina hiked Capitol Hill to discuss key issues and other credit union priorities with their respective elected officials.

North Carolina Credit Union League (NCCUL)  staff and representatives from Raleigh's Local Government FCU; Winston Salem's Truliant FCU, Allegacy FCU, Winston-Salem FCU, and Members CU; Charlotte Metro FCU; and Salisbury's Lion's Share FCU took part in hill visits and an early reception at Credit Union House.

NCCUL President/CEO John Radebaugh, center-left, and others from the league and N.C. credit unions, discussed MBLs and other priorities with Rep. G.K. Butterfield's (D) legislative assistant Saul Hernandez (CUNA Photo)
Visits with Reps. Larry Kissell (D), Howard Coble (R), Renee Ellmers (R), David Price (D), Mike McIntyre (D), Mel Watt (D), G.K. Butterfield (D) and Patrick McHenry (R),  and Sen. Kay Hagan (D), and members of their staff were on the schedule. The hill visitors sought support on legislation that addresses financial examination fairness, ATM disclosure regulations, and supplemental capital for credit unions, as well as pending MBL legislation, during their visits.

"For the most part, the issues weren't new to our members of Congress," Dan Schline, NCCUL senior vice president of association services, said, "but the trip was another opportunity for credit union representatives to talk directly with our members of Congress."

Schline said this and other visits have helped North Carolina's credit unions develop strong  relationships with legislators that bring "real value" to the league's legislative advocacy efforts.

South Carolina Credit Union League (SCCUL) President/CEO Steve Fowler said his group's meetings were also productive. That group included SCCUL staff and representatives from Anderson (S.C.) FCU; Charleston's CPM FCU; Rock Hill's Family Trust FCU; Greenville's MTC FCU, SC Telco FCU and Greenville FCU; Florence's Health Facilities FCU; and Sumter's SAFE FCU.

SCCUL President/CEO Steve Fowler, right, and Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R) discuss the positive work credit unions have done in South Carolina at a Hike the Hill session held last week. (CUNA Photo)

Meetings with Reps. Joe Wilson (R) and Mick Mulvaney (R), and staffers from the offices of Reps. Jeff Duncan (R), James Clyburn (D) and Tim Scott (R), as well as Sens. Jim DeMint (R) and Lyndsey Graham (R), were on the agenda for the South Carolina group.

Both groups also met with National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) staff during their visit.

The Michigan Credit Union League and others from that state will make their own trek to Capitol Hill later this month, and groups from Maine, Kansas, Oregon, Washington, Missouri, Montana, Ohio and Texas are on the June Hike the Hill schedule. More visits are set to take place this fall.


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