CUNA Legislative Update 
October 7, 2013

Good morning! With the government shutdown entering its second week and the deadline for raising the debt ceiling to avoid default about ten days away, Congress remains is Washington. The House will consider a series of small, targeted appropriations bills to fund various agencies and government programs. The Senate has not indicated how they will act on these bills. It is possible that additional legislative business could be added to the schedule this week, but nothing has been announced at this time.

Committee Meetings

We are following several committee meetings on both sides of the Capitol, including the following:

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As critical times for financial institutions continue, including the tax status threat, the credit union advocacy voice is as important as ever and must be heard!  

We continue working to build Mountain West Credit Union Associations’ (MWCUA) political strength and we need your help.  In an effort to help raise this awareness, the Government Relations department continues to push the 2013 CULAC Recruitment Drive through October 31st. 

Click the link to see the details of the image and find out more about how you and your credit union can participate in this important initiative!

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The Mountain West Credit Union Association Government Relations continues to promote the 100% Board Participation State CUPAC push during 2013.  The program will run through the end of this year, and will be highlighted during the 2014 Annual Meeting.

CULAC, CUPAC and other "Capitol Club" information is available to MWCUA member credit unions at the following links including, how to contribute by Check and Online

 
CUNA Legislative Update 
September 9, 2013

Good morning!  August recess is over and Congress is back in Washington for the September work period.  While Congress will only be in session for a handful of days in September, this work period will be highlighted by consideration of a use of force resolutions regarding Syria and continuing appropriations resolutions to fund the government into the new fiscal year which begins on October 1.  Also during this work period, we expect progress to be made behind the scenes to help set up action later this year on housing finance reform and tax reform.

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The August district work period has officially begun.  The House and the Senate will be out of session until the week of September 9th.  When they return, there will be fewer than ten legislative days until the end of the fiscal year.  The big picture focus for the remainder of the year will be on appropriations, sequestration, the debt ceiling, immigration reform, and tax reform.  We also expect action later this year on housing finance reform on the House floor and perhaps in the Senate Banking Committee. 

A Note about August “Recess”…
Although the August Recess is often viewed as a vacation for lawmakers, the reality is often far removed from this perception.  To this point, we bring to your attention two recent articles from the Washington Post that describe what this period of time is like for elected officials and the importance of the district work period for advocacy groups. 

Last month in his Wonk Blog , Ezra Klein describes the competing demands on members’ schedules and the importance of the work they do when they return home to hear from their constituents.  It’s actually a pretty interesting look into how Members spend their time in Washington and at home.   READ MORE
 
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CUNA Legislative Update 
July 29, 2013The House and the Senate return to Washington for the last week of session before the August district work period.  Unlike the past few years when Congress was facing a debt ceiling or other crisis, the last week of this work period is expected to be rather routine.

Floor Schedule
The Senate returned on Monday to resume consideration of the “Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations bill” (S.1243).  Later this week, the Senate is also expected to vote on the nominations of:
  • James B. Comey, Jr. to be Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations
  • Kent Yoshiho Hirozawa to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board
  • Nancy Jean Schiffer to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board
  • Mark Gaston Pearce to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board
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Floor Schedule
The House and the Senate are back in Washington for one final week before the Independence Day District Work Period.  The Senate returned Monday to resume consideration of S. 744, the immigration reform bill.  The Senate is expected to complete consideration of this bill before recessing.  The House returned on Tuesday and considered several bills under Suspension of the Rules, including H.R. 2383, a bill to designate the new Interstate Route 70 bridge over the Mississippi River connecting St. Louis, Missouri, and southwestern Illinois as the “Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge”.  Later in the week, the House is expected to consider H.R.1613, the "Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act";  and H.R.2231, the "Offshore Energy and Jobs Act". 

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Floor Schedule

The House and the Senate are both in session today, with the House scheduled to consider bills under suspension of the rules before beginning consideration of the “Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013” or the Farm Bill (H.R. 1947).  No votes are expected in the House on Friday.  Meanwhile, the Senate will consider judicial nominations today before resuming consideration of the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” (S.744).  READ MORE