WASHINGTON (UPDATED: 2/15/13, 1:30 p.m. ET)--House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will join Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on a high-powered 2013 Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference lineup.
Hoyer, the second-ranking member of the Democratic leadership, served as House Majority Leader from 2007 until 2011, and has been a member of the House since 1980. He told 2012 GAC attendees he has always been a supporter of the credit union movement, and he praised credit unions for the "remarkable'' role they have played in helping make the middle class's "lives and dreams possible.'' Hoyer's mother was a credit union employee, so the legislator said he learned the importance of credit unions at a young age.
"People live in a more stable and prosperous country because of the work you do,'' he said.
Hoyer will speak in the late morning session on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Other legislators on the GAC speaking schedule include: 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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