WASHINGTON (12//9/08)—The chairman and a key Democratic member of the House Financial Services Committee have joined the growing list of speakers for the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) 2009 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC). The CUNA 2009 GAC will be held Feb. 22–26 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who heads the panel’s subcommittee on financial institutions and consumer credit, have accepted CUNA’s invitation to speak on Feb. 25. Other highlights already slated for the program include:
* Economic commentary from Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, and * A political face-off between pundits Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson.
Forbes will offer economic outlook and commentary at a time when the nation continues to struggle through one of the worst financial crises in its history. He attained national visibility in the political arena both 1996 and 2000 when he campaigned for the Republican nomination for President. Carlson and Begala will face off over current developments in national news, politics, and world issues. Carlson is a senior correspondent for MSNBC, and Begala is a CNN political analyst and former top aide to President Bill Clinton. The 2009 GAC will again feature a special kickoff concert on Sunday evening, Feb. 22, presented by the CUNA Councils. Performing will be the Lt. Dan Band, formed by Chicago composer Kimo Williams and actor/musician Gary Sinise, star of the hit CBS TV show "CSI New York." "Lieutenant Dan" is the character Sinise portrayed in the 1994 blockbuster film, "Forrest Gump," a role that won him an Oscar nomination. The band has completed six tours for the USO and performs regularly for troops around the world. CUNA's GAC is the credit union movement's premier national conference on Washington issues. The GAC brings together top policy makers from Congress, the Administration, the federal regulatory agencies and the Washington political establishment to provide the latest information on legislation and regulation that affects credit unions and their ability to serve their members. The GAC also devotes an afternoon to Capitol Hill visits, when attendees meet with their members of Congress and staff to discuss the movement's legislative agenda. With a new Congress and Administration fresh in office, a top priority of the 2009 GAC will be to ensure policy makers understand the credit union difference. "In the aftermath of the housing and credit crises that has gripped our nation, we know policy makers will be giving close scrutiny to the regulatory scheme and structure that governs the financial sector," explained CUNA President/CEO Dan Mica. "At such a critically important juncture, it is essential that we make our voices heard. The GAC--where we bring together thousands of credit union representatives--presents a unique opportunity to have a powerful and lasting impact." GAC housing registration is open. Use the resource link below to access more information and the complete schedule.