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Representatives Form Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus
Posted January 13, 2016 by CUNA Advocacy

The National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) recently announced the creation of the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus, chaired by Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI).  The caucus will promote the cooperative business model as a viable market solution and policy option to solve today’s public policy challenges.  Another goal of the caucus will be to educate and inform policymakers on cooperative issues.

NCBA invited cooperatives from all sectors to a press conference at the National Press Club this week, during which the leaders of the caucus spoke about the importance of helping Congress understand cooperatives and how and what they do. 

“Our job is to make sure more of our colleagues know about cooperatives,” said Representative Pocan, noting that CUNA, several credit unions and other cooperatives are located in his district.  

Representative Royce, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, spoke about importance of cooperatives not just in their local communities but also internationally, saying, “Cooperatives don’t move overseas but their ideas and their products do.”  He also told the group that cooperatives are a robust method of commerce that stimulates the economy and empowers members.  

CUNA president and CEO Jim Nussle thanked Royce and Pocan for their leadership in creating the caucus.  In a letter, Nussle said, “We appreciate your leadership and look forward to working with you to raise awareness of credit unions and other cooperatives in Congress and throughout the United States.”