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Senate Banking, House Ways and Means members join GAC speaker lineup
WASHINGTON (2/3/14)--Three key committee members have signed on to the power-packed list of guests set to speak at this year's Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C.

One confirmed speaker is Sen. Jon Tester (D- Mont.). Tester is a member of the Senate Banking Committee and has worked closely with CUNA, the Montana Credit Union Network and Montana credit unions to address interchange issues and other credit union concerns. Tester in October also noted that the ability of small community-based institutions to provide consumers with competitive pricing and product offerings depends significantly on their ability to access the secondary mortgage market.

The two-term Senator also successfully defended his seat in the 2012 elections with the help of credit unions, CUNA and the league.

House Ways and Means Committee members Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-Ohio) and Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) will also speak at this year's GAC.

Also recently signing on to speak at the nation's biggest gathering of credit union leaders from Feb. 23 to 27 are:
  • Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), a strong supporter of increased credit union business lending authority;
  • Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), a longtime credit union supporter, and sponsor of credit union business lending legislation and measures to relieve the credit union regulatory burden;
  • Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.), a former credit union official and current member of the House Financial Services Committee; and
  • House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).
The CUNA GAC is being held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center; it annually draws up to 4,000 credit union leaders and supporters. Use the resource link for more details and to register.
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