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Reps will speak from dais and desk at 2012 GAC
WASHINGTON (3/9/12)--Members of Congress will speak from the dais and the desk at the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) 2012 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), which will take place March 18-22.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), the second highest ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, is the latest member of Congress to join the list of speakers at the GAC. She has served 11 House terms and is the ranking member on the House capital markets and government sponsored enterprises subcommittee and a member of the insurance, housing and community opportunity subcommittee and the oversight and investigations subcommittee.

Waters is a cosponsor of the Small Business Lending Enhancement Act (H.R. 1418), and has said she is "very much involved" in the credit union member business lending cap issue. Waters in a House financial institutions subcommittee hearing late last year urged credit unions and community banks to work out their differences, and added that she wants to work with Republicans to assist credit unions and other small institutions.

Fellow H.R. 1418 cosponsor Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) will also appear at this year's GAC, joining Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) at a March 20 GAC "breakout session" discussion entitled: From the State House to Capitol Hill – The Critical Nature of State Advocacy.

Perlmutter and Jenkins, who have both served in their respective state legislatures, will discuss the relevance of legislative advocacy at the state level during the panel, which will be moderated by Ron McDaniel, President/CEO of Glendale-based California CU.

Several key U.S. House and Senate members are scheduled to speak at the GAC, 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.), Shelly Moore Capito (R-W. Va.), 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, all three National Credit Union Administration board members, 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 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.


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