More than 20 credit union leaders from North and South Carolina participated in the Carolinas Credit Union League’s 2018 Hike the Hill July 24-25 in Washington, DC. Upon arrival, CUNA and League staff gave a briefing on key talking points and the latest news on Capitol Hill. Participants then met with staff and members of Congress who represent the Carolinas. They also spent more than an hour in a dialogue with NCUA’s Director of Examinations and Insurance Larry Fazio, who provided helpful insight and answers to questions about the ever-changing environment at NCUA.
The overall message credit union advocates carried this year was predominantly one of thanks, as the 115th Congress enacted long-sought regulatory relief for credit unions. They also thanked senators and representatives for recognizing the credit union difference by protecting the credit union tax status in the midst of the tax reform debate and subsequent vote.
Among the items on the yet-to-do list were the long-fought issues around merchant data breaches and the conundrum credit unions face regarding the need for clear standards from the Department of Justice on website accessibility compliance under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Lawmakers and staff were attentive and helpful as they invited follow-up visits and opportunities to learn more about the issues.
The League will be sharing more highlights from the Hill in the upcoming issue of The Advocate but to view more photos from the event, visit the League’s Twitter page here.