CUNA GAC 2014. Unite for Good.

CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference
February 23-27, 2014 • Washington D.C.

Credit Union National Association cordially invites you to take part in the credit union movement's premier event, the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference. Join more than 4,000 credit union decision-makers in Washington, D.C., and let lawmakers hear our powerful, united credit union voice.

We have great momentum behind our shared vision. In February we will continue the march forward, bringing together credit union influencers for networking, political and industry insights, market trends, and – most importantly – positive political impact.

With the tax status in peril, CUNA, along with your league, are making big plans for February. We need to rally the biggest GAC crowd yet to take part in Capitol Hill visits and share the story of the credit union difference. We need you to join your peers and Unite for Good.

Please look for additional details in the weeks to come on our powerful keynote speakers, breakout sessions, the industry's largest exhibitor showcase, spouse/guest programs to tour Washington's sights and special entertainment.

Everyone in the movement has a role to play in solidifying credit unions’ position as Americans’ best financial partner. Drive positive change, champion the credit union cause and Unite for Good to make the 2014 GAC an event to remember.

Register today!

For information on Mountain West CU Association’s activities during the 2014 GAC, please contact the Government Relations department at 720-479-3209 or

The Credit Union National Association recently announced that its 2014 Governmental Affairs Conference will be held in Washington, D.C. from Feb. 23-27 and registration is open. CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney urged all member credit unions to use this one-year anniversary of CUNA's launch of the Unite for Good vision as a rallying point for the credit union system to accomplish an unprecedented "boots on the ground" presence in Washington.

CUNA President Cheney emphasized that with the credit union tax status in peril as Washington policymakers considered tax code reforms, and with banks executing attacks on credit unions at every chance, credit unions must take this opportunity to show their numbers to all members of the U.S. Congress.  Read More

For information on Mountain West CU Association’s activities during the 2014 GAC, please contact the Government Relations department at

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CUNA Officials Pledge To Redouble Efforts To Reduce Regulatory Burden
Reducing credit unions' regulatory burden--one of the top priorities of the Credit Union National Association for this year--will be pushed for aggressively on Capitol Hill and when dealing with the regulatory agencies that have jurisdiction over credit unions.

"We plan to continue our good working relationships with the agencies--we want them to respect us even if they don't like us--and continue to provide them with data to show how regulations impact credit union operations,'' CUNA Deputy General Counsel Mary Dunn said during a panel discussion at CUNA's 2013 Governmental Affairs Conference held here through today. More than 4,200 credit union leaders registered for the conference. Read More

Matz Tells GAC: A 'New' NCUA Is Coming
National Credit Union Administration Chairman Debbie Matz Monday announced her plan for a "new" NCUA, one that will be more responsive to emerging risks, industry challenges and credit unions' needs. She delivered her message in a keynote address today at the Credit Union National Association's 2013 Governmental Affairs Conference. Read More
New CUNA Chair: CUs Must Boost Advocacy Efforts
Credit unions are well-known in Washington for their grassroots involvement, and they will need to get politically engaged on even a larger scale if they hope to advance their legislative goals, new Credit Union National Association Chairman Pat Wesenberg said on Tuesday.  Read More

Bachus To GAC: Lawmakers May Revisit Interchange Cap This Year
Federal lawmakers may revisit the topic of interchange fee cap legislation this year, Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) said in a Tuesday speech before the Credit Union National Association's 2013 Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington.  Read More

Hensarling Vows To Stand With CUs In Preserving Tax-Exempt Status
House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), speaking Tuesday at the Credit Union National Association's Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., said he will help credit unions preserve their tax-exempt status.  Read More
Thousands of credit union advocates streamed into the halls of the U.S. Congress this week urging their elected representatives to maintain the credit union tax status, reduce the regulatory burden, and take action to enhance the credit union charter--among other things--as an integral part of the Credit Union National Association's  2013 Governmental Affairs Conference.  Read More

CU Boots Keep Moving in Charlotte
Even as the Democratic National Convention (DNC) prepared Thursday for its climatic event--when President Barack Obama took the stage to accept the party's nomination for president--credit unions stayed involved in convention activities to the end.

"Our participation," says CUNA Vice President of Political Affairs Trey Hawkins, "is a dynamic way of keeping credit unions and the credit union philosophy of 'people helping people' in the national spotlight.   Read More

CUNA, CUs Honor Delegates, Stay Active at DNC                                          
Between 250 and 300 Democratic National Convention (DNC) delegates and more than a dozen federal lawmakers Wednesday attended an event hosted by the Credit Union National Association, the state credit union leagues, CUNA Mutual Group, and credit unions to honor all delegates attending the convention.

The delegate event closely followed another credit union convention highlight when CUNA and its partners unveiled a convention "leave-behind" project to benefit the DNC's host city.  Read More                                                                                                                                          

CUNA and Leagues Plan To Blanket RNC to Advocate For CUs

Credit union representatives, including staff from the Credit Union National Association and the state credit union leagues, will raise the profile of credit unions and credit union issues during this week's Republican National Convention.  Read More

CUs, Politics Front and Center For Alt. RNC Delegate

With 50,000 to 100,000 predicted to attend events here this week--and with 2,286 of them convention delegates and an equal number of alternates--credit unions are working a very crowded scene to see, be seen and be heard at events organized by and for the Republican National Convention (RNC).  Read More

Ann Romney to Attend CU Playground Ribbon Cutting

Credit unions scored a headliner for Wednesday’s playground ribbon cutting ceremony during the Republican National Convention: Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will unveil the charitable “leave behind” convention project, a therapeutic playground for All Children’s Hospital in Tampa, made possible by CUNA, the League of Southeastern Credit Unions and National Journal Group.  Read More