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Letter to U S Speaker of the House J Dennis Hastert regarding bankruptcy abuse reform legislation

Letters to Congress

Letter to U.S. Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert regarding bankruptcy abuse reform legislation

September 10, 2002

The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert
The Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Mr. Speaker:

On behalf of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and the 82 million credit union members across America, I strongly urge you to bring the bankruptcy conference report to the House floor as soon as possible.

Since the conference committee reached an agreement in late July, CUNA and credit unions accelerated our support of this conference report. Credit unions attended town hall meetings and held numerous individual meetings with Members during the August recess. They sent letters, faxes, e-mails, and made phone calls to members' offices. CUNA has sent numerous letters to the full House expressing our support for the bill along with running ads and placing op-eds.

H.R. 333 is the number one legislative priority for credit unions and we view this bill as must pass legislation. To that end, CUNA and credit unions have been in contact with those 93 Democratic members who voted in support of passage of H.R. 333 when the bill passed last year. Those contacts have resulted in many commitments to vote in favor of the rule and for final passage of the conference report.

We have also been in contact with a targeted group of Republicans to reassure them that our support remains as strong as ever. This also has resulted in many Members committing to vote for both the rule and final passage.

We are aware that for some Members of Congress, a vote for this bill is now a tougher decision than it was in March of last year. This does not change the harsh reality that credit unions continue to see increases in the numbers of people abusing the system. Therefore we must oppose any efforts to delay a vote on the conference report. This bill is too important to risk being lost in the end of session maneuvering or pushed off to a possible lame duck session.

Daniel A. Mica
President and CEO

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