WASHINGTON (1/15/13)--Committees of prime interest to credit unions continue to solidify their membership rosters for the 113th Congress, and Credit Union National Association Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs Ryan Donovan notes a number of these committee members have close ties to credit unions.
"We see a lot of credit union friendly faces taking seats in these committee lineups," Donovan said. "We look forward to working with all members of key committees as the 113th Congress begins its work."
Donovan added, "While we have many credit union supporters in Congress, credit unions continue their hard work to educate all lawmakers about the credit union difference in 2013."
Among the credit union-friendly are:
- Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which writes the country's tax laws. Camp has praised credit unions for their consumer-friendly work, and has endorsed the tax status of credit unions; and
- House Ways and Means ranking minority member Sander Levin (D-Mich.), who has repeatedly praised credit unions, and called re-examination of credit unions tax-exempt status unnecessary and unwise in the past.
Donovan noted that Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and ranking member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have also had many positive things to say about credit unions. Support is similarly strong in the Senate Banking and House Financial Services Committees, he noted.
The majority of the 16 newly named House Financial Services Committee members received support from state credit union leagues and CUNA's Credit Union Legislative Action Council, and many have worked closely with their respective state leagues. New House Financial Services Committee member Denny Heck (D-Wash.) is one key credit union supporter in the new Financial Services Committee lineup. Heck is a former marketing director for Columbia CU, Vancouver, Wash., and was supported in his 2012 campaign by CUNA and the Northwest Credit Union Association.
Other financial services committee members that have worked closely with their state credit union leagues include:
- Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.);
- Ann Wagner (R-Mo.);
- Bill Foster (D-Ill.);
- Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.);
- Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio); and
- Dennis Ross (R-Fla.).