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CUs Hold Nearly 300 Hike the Hill Meetings with DC Policymakers
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 6:40 AM

CUs Hike the Hill Meetings
U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), left, with Vince Market, chief financial officer, TruMark Financial CU, and John Miller, chief financial officer, First Commonwealth FCU. (Pennsylvania Credit Union Association Photo)

The Credit Union Association of the Dakotas and the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association carried the torch for the final leg of this year’s Hike the Hill season last week. This wraps up a year that included some impressive advocacy numbers:

  • 29 hikes;
  • 39 states represented;
  • 264 meetings with U.S. senators and representatives;
  • 33 meetings with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Credit Union Administration; and 
  • Nearly 500 attendees.

Cornerstone held its first combination legislative and regulatory Hike the Hill in June 2015, which included meetings with House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and a special session on cybersecurity featuring an FBI agents.

“Hikes, whether they occur locally or at the capitol, are some of the most effective means of building political capital with lawmakers and staff,” said Cornerstone SVP of Advocacy Jim Phelps. “In addition to Cornerstone’s successful regulatory and legislative Hike the Hill this summer in Washington, over 20 in-district meetings were held over the congressional recess. These meetings provided credit union advocates with the opportunity to share data and stories on the impact of data breaches and excessive regulations. Further, regular contact demonstrates that credit unions are informed and willing to engage on key issues of importance to our members.”

“We can’t overstate the importance of the Hike the Hill program in our 360-degree approach to advocacy,” said Trey Hawkins, CUNA vice president of political affairs. “Congress listens first and foremost to constituents, and a personal visit by a constituent with a lawmaker is among the most powerful advocacy tools in our or any industry’s toolbox. That’s why we are so grateful that so many credit union leaders took the time and expense to represent their members’ interests here in Washington as part of Hike the Hill.”