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Central Texas Credit Unions Visit Lawmakers in SA to DC Trip
Friday, February 6, 2015 7:00 AM

De La Rosa with Congressman Hurd
Yvonne de la Rosa speaks with Congressman Hurd.

Several San Antonio Credit Unions took part in the annual SA to DC trip that is jointly hosted by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Free Trade Alliance. Attending the annual conference and advancing the credit union cause were Ashley Harris of Generations Federal Credit Union, Mark Leitja of Firstmark Credit Union, and Robert Williamson of Security Service Federal Credit Union. Yvonne De La Rosa with San Antonio Credit Union attended on behalf of the Alamo Chapter of Credit Unions. 

The Alamo Chapter served as speaker sponsors for newly elected Congressman Will Hurd. When addressing the SA to DC delegation, Hurd highlighted the need for effective border security as well as data and cyber security.

The credit union representatives took time out from the conference and their issues teams in order to meet directly with the San Antonio congressional delegation and their staffers in advance of CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference in March. The group met directly with Congressman Lamar Smith, as well as legislative staffers from the offices of Congressmen Castro, Hurd, Cuellar, and Doggett.

Discussion items at the top of the agenda were data security, regulatory burden, and tax exemption.

"Credit Unions have several pressing issues right now, and the SA to DC trip was a great way for us to lay some groundwork before the GAC in March," said Ashley Harris, board chair of the Alamo Chapter of Credit Unions. "This new session gives us the opportunity to push through legislation that will significantly impact credit unions and our members. Having a small group of credit unions on the SA to DC trip enabled us to have very productive discussions and get an excellent feel for potential legislation."

Currently in its 37th year, the SA to DC conference features local business and community leaders from 13 separate industries, including aerospace, education, military affairs, and transportation. More than 120 individuals from some of the city's leading companies, including Google, Toyota, Boeing, and AT&T, were part of this year's conference. Also attending were San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley, newly elected Bexar County District Attorney Nico La Hood, and seven of the city's 10 council members.