WASHINGTON (2/4/13)--Two more Washington heavy hitters have been added to the lineup for the Credit Union National Association's 2013 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC): Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray and House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).
"Director Cordray has been accessible and open to listening to the views of CUNA and credit unions on CFPB's agenda and proposed regulations," CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney noted. "We are excited to have him speak at this year's GAC," he added.
President Barack Obama appointed Cordray to serve as agency director in early 2012, and he was recently nominated to continue in this role for a five-year term.
Cordray will speak during the morning general session on Feb. 27.
Waters, who has served in the U.S. Congress since 1993, is a frequent GAC guest. She has identified herself as a member of Congressional FCU, believes strongly in credit unions' ability to improve people's financial lives, and last year told GAC attendees she would be "the best friend credit unions ever had" in her time with the Financial Services Committee. Waters was a cosponsor of the Small Business Lending Enhancement Act (H.R. 1418) during the 112th Congress, and has said she is "very much involved" in the credit union member business lending cap issue.
Also on the GAC speaking schedule: Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), 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 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.), 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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