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CUNA Writes in Opposition to NDAA Provision Excluding Credit Unions from Military Bases
Posted June 27, 2018 by CUNA Advocacy

Last night, CUNA wrote to Senators McCain, Reed, Inhofe and Representative Thornberry, and Smith to oppose a provision in the House version of H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act.  The provision would exclude credit unions from the current resources furnished to them on military bases. If passed, this provision would be a detriment to military credit unions while granting banks access to the same bases.

Currently, the furnishing of office space and land to on-base credit unions is governed by Section 124 of the Federal Credit Union Act. This language exempts on-base credit unions costs related to leases, utilities and services on military bases.

Section 2808 of the House version of NDAA was intended to treat Federal or State chartered insured depository institutions equally with respect to the financial terms of leases, services, and utilities. Unfortunately, its definition of “insured depository institutions” excludes credit unions.

“While we believe this was an unintended drafting error, the issue was not able to be resolved prior to House passage,” wrote CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “The Senate version of the legislation contains no similar provision. Therefore, we oppose the section as adopted by the House and ask that it be removed during conference.”