WASHINGTON (1/18/11)--Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a public supporter
of the federal credit union tax status and other credit union-friendly issues, will address the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) 2011 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), which is being held here from Feb. 27 through March 3. Blunt, a seven-term member of the House before successfully running for his Senate seat in 2010, served as Majority Whip and Republican Whip three times while in the House. He was a co-sponsor of the historic CU Membership Access Act in 1997, and has backed credit union positions in many other areas, such as bankruptcy, retirement savings and regulatory reform. On bankruptcy reform, Blunt became personally involved in inserting CUNA-supported language protecting credit union members' right to reaffirm their debts. On retirement savings, he helped ensure that CUNA-supported provisions to expand Individual Retirement Accounts, pensions, and Education Savings Accounts were included in a final 2001 tax bill. Blunt will address GAC attendees on Wednesday morning, March 2--following the new House Financial Services Committee chairman, Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.). The powerhouse lineup for this year’s GAC also features Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), and Steve Stivers (R-Ohio). Consumer Financial Protection Bureau architect Elizabeth Warren and co-authors of The New York Times
No. 1 best-seller "Game Change" Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are also scheduled to address GAC attendees. The GAC will also feature keynote speeches from actor and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals co-founder John Schneider and "Miracle on the Hudson" pilot Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III. To register for this year's GAC, use the resource link.