Carolinas well-represented on NDAA committee as grassroots call is issued
Thursday, September 26, 2019
|Carolinas delegation members on the NDAA Conference Committee are (from top, L-R): Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC5), Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC6), and Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC2).
In just over one month since the Carolinas Credit Union League and others took position against a banker-promoted amendment in the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the Carolinas now have four delegation members on the conference committee that will negotiate the final bill.
Meanwhile, CUNA and leagues are calling on credit unions to ask their members of Congress to reject Senate NDAA Section 2821.
League work during the August recess brought the issue to the attention of Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC2), who on September 18 was was named to the conference committee. Likewise, diligent contact with the North Carolina delegation was met with word that three were joining Wilson: Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC5) and Mark Walker (R-NC6).
Senate NDAA Section 2821 would broaden to for-profit institutions the allowances the U.S. Department of Defense provides for on-base services. These allowances--already provided to non-for-profit credit unions--include waiver of certain fees and land-lease costs.
Members of the NDAA Conference Committee, appointed by the Speaker of the House and approved by the full House, work together to resolve differences between House and Senate-passed versions of the bill that funds the Department of Defense and the Armed Forces of the United States.
During the August recess and as new members have joined the NC delegation, the League has expressed the importance of ongoing relationships. The active connections it has with members of Congress--particularly Sen. Tillis and Reps. Wilson, Foxx, and Walker--now hold particular potential.
"This is case-in-point of vigilance in advocacy and the influence relationships support," League President/CEO Dan Schline said from the outset. “It’s another opportunity to illustrate how credit unions are truly unique and to defend their earned roles as trusted financial partners. Ultimately we want to leverage our connections and produce a positive outcome for credit unions."
Ask Congress to reject Senate NDAA Section 2821.