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2012 CUNA GAC kicks off today
WASHINGTON (3/19/12)--The 2012 edition of the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), which will give over 4,000 credit union representatives from across the country access to high profile government speakers and information on the latest credit union issues, officially kicks off today.

CUNA CEO Bill Cheney will welcome attendees to the conference today, and National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Chairman Debbie Matz, journalistic duo Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are also scheduled to speak.

CUNA will also hold its 78th Annual General Meeting, the association's yearly business meeting, on Monday.

GAC speakers include House Financial Services Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), House Majority Whip and House Financial Services Committee member Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Assistant House Democratic Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.), retiring Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), and Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Ron Woodall (R-Ga.), Shelly Moore Capito (R-W. Va.), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are also scheduled to speak.

The GAC's Tuesday program will feature political discussion from pundit Charlie Cook and remarks from NCUA Board Member Gigi Hyland, and breakout sessions on credit union advocacy, examination issues, the 2012 economic forecast, the upcoming 2012 elections, and what the CFPB means to credit unions.

Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) and Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) will also discuss the relevance of legislative advocacy at the state level at a Tuesday breakout session discussion entitled: From the State House to Capitol Hill--The Critical Nature of State Advocacy. Ron McDaniel, president/CEO of Glendale-based California CU, will moderate the discussion.

Many of the legislators listed above, and NCUA Board Member Michael Fryzel, will speak on Wednesday before credit union representatives Hike the Hill and discuss credit union issues with all 534 congressional offices.

The weather in Washington is expected to be warmer than usual, with highs in the 70s expected for much of the week. And while Washington's annual Cherry Blossom Festival will officially start well after the GAC has concluded, the cherry blossom trees around the tidal basin were expected to begin blooming Sunday, when the GAC is in full swing.

The 2012 GAC will be at the Washington Convention Center, its fifth year there since the conference outgrew its long-time locale at the Hilton Washington.

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