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CCUL seeks to strengthen connections as 116th Congress convenes

Wednesday, January 9, 2019   (0 Comments)
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January 3, 2019, marked the start of the 116th Congress. After eight years out of power, Democrats have the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA12) serves for the second time as Speaker of the House. The 116th Congress brings changes and challenges to the Carolinas as well.

North Carolina

"A stack of @rollcall newspapers sits outside the door to the office for the 9th CD of NC. No one will be taking this office today when the rest of Congress is sworn in." - @MurphinDC Twitter

Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC1) was recently appointed Chief Deputy Whip for Speaker Pelosi's leadership team, making him the highest ranking NC Democrat to serve in Congress.

Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC10) will forgo his prior role in the House Republican Leadership as Chief Deputy Whip for the role as Ranking Member. The Asheville Citizen-Times did a profile on Rep. McHenry in which he discussed his role and opportunities to work and compromise with House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA43) on issues related to access to credit and capital.

While the investigation into voter fraud in NC's 9th Congressional District continues, no one was seated to represent that district. Mark Harris (R), the presumptive winner of the election by 905 votes and whose Bladen County campaign efforts are the focus of investigation, maintained his innocence and has filed suit to be declared the victor. Current state legislative and judicial actions over the State Board of Elections resulted in its dissolution until the General Assembly reconvenes Jan. 30. Until then, there is no State Board of Elections to certify any election, so Rev. Harris took his complaint to court.

South Carolina

Rep. Tom Rice and wife, CCUL's Billy Boylston, and Rep. Ralph Norman during last week's DC visit.

Last week, Carolinas Credit Union League Vice President of Governmental Affairs (SC) Billy Boylston traveled to DC to meet with members of the South Carolina delegation, including newly-elected Congressmen Joe Cunningham (D-SC1) and William Timmons (R-SC4). Both spoke highly of credit unions and are excited to begin work in their new roles.

Boylston met with Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC6), who was recently elected to Majority Whip, making him the third-highest ranking member of the House. 

One key staffer change is the hiring of Lila Nieves-Lee as Senator Tim Scott's (R) financial services staffer. Lee replaces Saat Alety who is venturing into the private sector. Lee formerly worked in the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means and in the administration. She hopes to travel to SC and meet with credit unions in the near future. 

The League looks forward to continuing work with lawmakers on issues essential to credit union success, including protecting member data, ADA compliance, continued regulatory relief, and defending the tax exemption.

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