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National Hike the Hill planning underway
WASHINGTON (11/18/09)—The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and the state leagues are putting the wheels in motion to bring credit union representatives to Washington in mid-December just before Congress is likely to begin voting on key issues affecting credit unions. “Whether it’s overdraft protection, regulatory reform, systemic risk, or the many, many other issues it is tackling, Congress needs to hear from us: ‘We didn’t start the fire; don’t penalize us for the financial meltdown,’” said CUNA President/CEO Dan Mica. Mica said he has contacted each league and asked them to begin identifying credit union representatives who can come to Washington next month for a “National Hike the Hill.” “In the hectic days that come at the end of a session, Congress often finds itself pressured by time to take action, which could end up affecting us for years to come, ” Mica said. “We think it important that Congress hear from credit unions heard before a number of these issues can come up for vote as Congress rushes to leave town days just before the holidays.” The CUNA leader said more information about the National Hike the Hill would be provided to credit unions in the coming days, primarily through the leagues.


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