WASHINGTON (12/11/09)--The Credit Union National Association this week added further starpower to its upcoming Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), with Reps. Paul Kanjorski (D-Penn.), Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), and Ed Royce (R-Calif.) agreeing to speak at the event.
Kanjorski and Royce, longstanding friends of the credit union movement, recently collaborated to introduce H.R. 3380, a bill that would lift the current cap on member business lending for credit unions. Bachus has also backed credit unions by working to maintain credit union independence in this year’s ongoing regulatory reform process. All three are senior members of the House Financial Services Committee; Bachus is the panel's ranking Republican and Kanjorski is the number-two Democrat behind Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) The GAC, which will take place between Feb. 21 and 25 in Washington, D.C., will give credit union leaders the opportunity to learn the latest,
first hand, from influential policymakers, as well as a platform to advocate for credit union issues. Financial Accounting Standards Board Chairman Robert Herz, Larry Kudlow, economist and host of CNBC's The Kudlow Report,
former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, and Richard Phillips, Captain of the Maersk Alabama, which was hijacked by Somali pirates earlier this year, are also scheduled to speak at the event. A political point-counterpoint discussion between Joe Scarborough, former Congressman and current host of MSNBC's Morning Joe,
and Presidential candidate and former Democratic National
Committee Chairman Howard Dean, will also liven up the GAC. The festivities will begin on Feb. 21 with a CUNA Council-sponsored concert by the World Classic Rockers, featuring member of Santana, Journey, Boston, Steppenwolf, Toto and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Use the resource link below for more 2010 GAC information.