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Wisconsin Activists stood up for members in D.C. as part of Hike the Hill

Oct 15, 2018
By Christine Henzig, Director of Communications

More than 30 Wisconsin Activists - including several first time attendees - traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with lawmakers as part of The League's annual Hike the Hill event.

Nearly every member of Wisconsin's Congressional Delegation came to Credit Union House, blocks from the U.S. Capitol, to meet their constituents and Activists from across the state.

Among other topics, the group advocated for: 

  • Regulatory relief, including changes to the structure and authority of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP - also referred to as CFPB), 
  • Increased data security requirements and accountability for merchants to help Stop the Data Breaches, and
  • preservation of credit unions' tax status - by extending a thank you to the delegation for their continued support.

Hike highlights included:

Visits with Wisconsin's Senators

Senator Tammy Baldwin met with Wisconsin credit union Activists

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison, front left center, tan blazer), a champion of credit union issues, started the meeting by playing a voicemail from her credit union that notified her of potential fraud on her card. She discussed the importance of protecting consumers through data security. In light of regulatory reform efforts, she recognized credit unions weren't the bad actors in the financial crisis. 

Senator Johnson met with Wisconsin Activists

Senator Johnson (R-Oshkosh, center, blue shirt, red tie) shared his thoughts regulatory burdens and protecting consumers.  He acknowledged that financial institutions are most at risk for cybersecurity breaches. He also noted credit unions are over-regulated and supports efforts to provide regulatory relief

Visits with Wisconsin's Representatives

1st Congressional District

Activists were invited to see the view from House Speaker Paul Ryan's balcony
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Janesville, not pictured) returned to the Credit Union House for one last time prior to his retirement from office – a place he noted that he has visited many times since first elected to office to meet his credit union constituents. He stressed the importance of having Activists come to events in D.C., like Hike the Hill, to share stories of the credit union difference. Then he invited the group to check out the scenery from the Speakers' balcony (above). 

2nd Congressional District

Rep. Mark Pocan caught up with Wisconsin Activists on the run

Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Town of Vermont, aqua tie)  was unable to make it to this year's Hike the Hill event, but Activists were able to catch him on Capitol Hill and grab a quick photo. He represents the headquarters of CUNA, CUNA Mutual Group, WOCCU and Filene Research Institute.

3rd Congressional District

Rep. Ron Kind said he sees what credit unions do in their communities

Rep. Ron Kind (D-La Crosse, standing)  received hearty thanks from Activists for his support of S. 2155, which included loans for 1-4 unit properties as mortgage loans, making them easier for credit unions to provide to members. The Congressman, a proud credit union member himself, said he sees what credit unions are doing in their communities. He stressed that credit unions need to continue to tell their stories - that REAL Solutions® stories really do make a difference.

4th Congressional District

Rep. Moore voiced support for credit unions serving more members and communities

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee, standing), who once helped found a credit union, shared her dedication to allowing credit unions to serve more members and communities. She said Activists should be the forefront of the Movement.

5th Congressional District

Rep. Sensenbrenner voiced support for credit unions' tax status

Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (fourth from right) reaffirmed his support for the protection of credit unions' tax status, saying the banks are a "stuck record" when attacking credit unions on taxation.

6th Congressional District

Rep. Glenn Grothman was thanked for asking leadership to call a floor vote on federal regulatory reforms

Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah, center, red tie) received Activists' thanks for approaching leadership to call a floor vote on S. 2155 - federal regulatory reform that in part makes it easier for credit unions to offer loans for 1-4 unit properties.

7th Congressional District

Rep. Sean Duffy listened as Activists sought support for stronger data security

Congressman Sean Duffy (R-Wausau, center, blue shirt) is a key legislator for credit unions nationwide, as Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance. Activists asked for the Congressman's support to establish a commission for the BCFP/CFPB instead of a sole director and stronger data security.

8th Congressional District

Rep. Mike Gallgher asked Activists for more input on meaningful regulatory reforms

Congressman Mike Gallgher (R-Green Bay, standing) reaffirmed his support on credit unions' tax status as well as a BCFP/CFPB commission. He also stressed that although there has been progress on regulatory reform, he wants to hear from members on ways he can continue to be helpful.

Dialog with federal regulators

Federal regulatory officials from the NCUA shared insights with Activists

The Wisconsin and Minnesota leagues held a joint meeting with the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). The NCUA discussed exam and data modernization efforts, current litigation efforts against credit unions (specifically ADA) efforts with the BCFP/CFPB and alternative capital. Pictured above (L to R): Cherie Freed, Region 5 Director; Kelly Lay, Business Innovations DIrector; Mike Radway, Senior Policy Advisor; Larry Fazio, Director - Office of Examinations and Insurance; Mike McKenna, General Counsel - Office of General Counsel.

Thank You, Sponsors!

Special thanks to this year's sponsors, whose generosity made this event possible:

More Information

See the Hike photo album on the League's Facebook page