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Visit with Your Lawmaker During the August Recess
Friday, July 29, 2016 7:05 AM

Congress has stepped away from the nation’s capital during the month of August, and that presents a great opportunity for credit unions to make connections with legislators in their home districts. This is one of the best ways to show policymakers the credit union difference and stress the importance of regulatory relief.

“Local-level meetings with lawmakers can be some of the most impactful,” said Jim Phelps, senior vice president of advocacy for Cornerstone. “They usually have more time to visit with constituents in the district than when they're in Washington, D.C. Sustained engagement throughout the year, especially back home, is one of the key factors in strengthening our political capital.”

Some ideas for political engagement over the congressional recess include:

  • Call your congressional representative’s local district office to schedule a meeting. You can find the information on your representative’s website. If they are not available, then ask to meet with the staffer with responsibility over financial services issues; building staff relationships is important too.
     
  • Join with other credit union leaders in your local chapter to make a visit. This can occur at the district office, or invite them to one of your credit unions for a meet and greet. This is an opportunity to tell them about the good work your credit union is doing in the community and discuss legislative issues that are impacting your membership.
     
  • Host a lawmaker at your chapter meeting. So far this year, 11 Cornerstone chapters have hosted a state or federal lawmaker. It’s an opportunity to showcase the collaborative nature of credit unions, learn about new developments in Congress, and share stories about issues impacting your credit union.

If you're planning to meet with your congressional representative over the recess or need assistance in scheduling a meeting, please contact April Krause, Cornerstone’s political and grassroots director at akrause@cornerstoneleague.coop.