Congress Returns: Aug. Recess Wrap-Up Before 'Hike the Hill'

San Diego-area credit union leaders with Congresswoman Susan Davis, just one of many visits between local credit unions and members of Congress during the August recess.
San Diego-area credit union leaders with Congresswoman Susan Davis, just one of many visits between local credit unions and members of Congress during the August recess.

While Congress was out of session for the month of August, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues wasted no time in connecting credit union leaders from across both states with their representatives.

During the recess, credit union leaders spent considerable time discussing everything from the industry's policy agenda to local lending and economic activity, as well as continuing to foster strong ties with our congressional delegation.

“Our members who subscribe to the League Advocacy Blog probably saw their inboxes full with messages and pictures of credit unions leaders out with our delegations," said Jeremy Empol, vice president of federal government affairs for the Leagues. "This is one of the best uses of the congressional recess, and it's also why we strategize to ensure we maximize both the credit union management time, as well as those serving in Congress. When we are in the halls of Congress, we have limited time with our leaders. In district, however, they are willing to spend more time and really get at the core of what credit unions are all about."

Over the five-week period (including the first week of September), the Leagues arranged meetings and interactions with:

  • Nevada: Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Rep. Dina Titus (D-Las Vegas)

  • California: Reps. Salud Carbajal (D- Santa Barbara), Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo), Susan Davis (D-San Diego), Scott Peters (D-San Diego) and Josh Harder (D-Modesto).

  • Additionally, there were smaller interactions with Reps.  Mark Amodei (R-Reno), Paul Cook (R-Barstow) and Juan Vargas (D-Chula Vista).

Together, this made for an exciting August. The Leagues now turn their congressional interactions to the annual "Hike the Hill" from Sept. 24 - 26 in Washington, D.C.

Congress returns this week with a hefty agenda in the financial services space, which includes: the Treasury Department's blueprint on Government Sponsored Enterprises (Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac); cannabis banking; extension of the Nation Flood Insurance Program; and several other issues.

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