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Missouri CUs meet with congressional reps in state
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (8/13/09)--Missouri credit union staff are meeting in person with Missouri congressional members during their August recess.
Click to view larger image Meeting in Kansas City Monday to discuss credit union issues were, from left, Phil Weber, Central Communications CU, Independence; Amy McLard, Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA); Rob Givens, Mazuma CU, Kansas City; U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.); Pat Yokley, CommunityAmerica CU, Lenexa; Glenna Osborn, Missouri Central CU, Lees Summit; and Peggy Nalls, MCUA. (Photo provided by the Missouri Credit Union Association)
U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-5) met with a group of credit union representatives Monday in Kansas City. They discussed the impact of the Credit Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009, member business lending, interchange fees and the Community Reinvestment Act on Missouri credit unions (The Missouri difference Aug. 12). “Cleaver indicated his support that credit unions should not be included in the Community Reinvestment Act,” said Phil Weber, president, Central Communications CU, Independence. “The biggest topic discussed was the Credit CARD Act, which we all pointed out has some serious compliance problems and conflicts.” Participants in the meeting included:
* Rob Givens, Mazuma CU, Kansas City; * Glenna Osborn, Missouri Central CU, Lees Summit; * Phil Weber, Central Communications CU, Independence; * Pat Yokley, CommunityAmerica CU, Lenexa; and * Peggy Nalls and Amy McLard, Missouri Credit Union Association.
Also, Poplar Bluff (Mo.) FCU took part in local legislative meetings with U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) and Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder Monday. McCaskill hosted a health care forum, and Kinder spoke about state economic issues during a chamber of commerce luncheon. Poplar Bluff President Kirk Mondy and Vice President Diane Powell attended the events. “It is a tremendous privilege and responsibility to be able to meet and address, when possible, our public officials,” Mondy said. “They need to know what their constituents value and believe in order to properly represent us. I also hope that by meeting them personally, we can build a relationship that could help us when credit unions need to be heard.”


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