WASHINGTON (11/25/09)--Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President/CEO Dan Mica has urged credit unions to “step it up” and get involved in CUNA’s grassroots efforts as the Congress races to complete business for the year. “We need to step forward and let Congress know CUs are indeed the white hats,” Mica says in a video posted on CUNA's web site. “We didn’t start the fire; this crisis, that was created by others—we helped solve it." Mica said that with Congress primed to take hasty action in order to pass legislation before the holidays, and with so many crucial issues for credit unions possibly coming to a vote next month, lawmakers must hear from credit unions before they take any action. Comprehensive regulatory reform legislation is active on both the House and Senate sides of Congress, and legislation addressing overdraft fees and interchange is also in play. CUNA is developing a multi-pronged program for bringing the credit union voice to lawmakers – in Washington, from home to Washington and at home in district and state meetings at lawmakers’ offices, and has recently communicated with lawmakers via grassroots action on the issues of overdraft and interchange fees. While Congress is scheduled to finish its work for the year on Dec. 18, CongressDaily this week said that Senate Democratic leaders have indicated that that chamber could remain in session during the upcoming winter break, if necessary. Credit unions are being asked to coordinate their grassroots advocacy activities in conjunction with the CUNA program through their state leagues. To view the video, use the resource link.