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Uncommitted Wisconsin Senators are key to passing the Credit Union Small Business Jobs Act (S. 2231)

 

A vote on our Credit Union Small Business Jobs Act could come at any time after the Congressional recess ends on April 16. That means we must act now to ensure that Wisconsin's two U.S. Senators—who are currently uncommited to voting for the bill—do so. Even if you've contacted them previously, take a moment to do so again now.

 

Your action is critical in overcoming opposition by the banking industry, which has turned out in force to derail the legislation.

"This is not about banks versus credit unions, it is about main street busiensses and job creation," said VP of Government Affairs Tom Liebe. "Our message to the Senators is clear - voting for S. 2231 will help small businesses get the credit they need today at no cost to taxpayers."

 

A radio ad urging consumers to contact the Senators is airing across Wisconsin and features a small business owner who was denied by a bank and received a loan from a credit union.

 

In order to be successful, credit union employees, directors and members are asked to:

 

  • Quickly send a pre-written email to Senator Kohl and Senator Johnson through our Grassroots Action Center. Your single email will be sent to both Senators. You may even customize the message with your own small business or credit union story.

 

  • Share the link to the Grassroots Action Center with other staff, board, members and small business associates on email, Facebook and Twitter.

 

  • Call the toll-free number 1-877-642-4223. Once you provide your zip code, you will be directed to the office of one of Wisconsin’s Senators. Talking points will be provided upon calling.

 

  • Call again to reach the other Senator.

 

  • Tweet your support for S.2231 (#raisemblcap).

 

 

The League has resources to aid your response, including:

 

  • Customizable materials, including sample text to publish in your member newsletter or online to educate members and allow them to participate in this advocacy, brochures, web banners and graphics, QR codes, email text and more

 

  • The link to the Action Alert email message

 

  • The toll-free phone number

 

  • Contact information for both Wisconsin Senators

 

  • Grassroots goals for Wisconsin’s credit unions

 

  • The video by Bill Cheney (seen on this newsletter's front page) urging immediate action

 

  • Wisconsin MBL fact sheet

 

  • Bill Language (S. 2231)

 

  • CUNA Resources (includes additional talking points and statistics)

 

Questions? Contact Government Affairs Specialist Sarah Wainscott at (608) 514-0086.


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