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Bankers Converge on Washington; Reportedly Spread Rhetoric

by Ken Anderson | Apr 19, 2013
Our elected officials in Washington are hearing the pitter patter of well-heeled bankers in the halls of Congress. Hundreds converged on our nation's capital this week, reportedly on a mission to get Congress to tax credit unions.

Our elected officials in Washington are hearing the pitter patter of well-heeled bankers in the halls of Congress. Hundreds converged on our nation’s capital this week, reportedly on a mission to get Congress to tax credit unions.

Although credit unions are used to the banker’s rhetoric, Texas Credit Union League (TCUL) Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy Officer Tom Haider says we cannot take this lightly.

“There are a number of new faces in Congress, and I’m confident the bankers will do everything they can to ensure their message resonates with these newcomers,” says Haider. “We must counter this rhetoric with fact.”

Haider is encouraging Texas credit union leaders – professionals and volunteers alike – to “Hike the Hill” this spring.

“Hike the Hill is our opportunity to show our elected officials that we are a strong and mobilized movement,” he says. “We cannot assume that members of Congress understand our issues and appreciate the value we bring to communities.”

“It is our responsibility to protect and preserve our movement,” adds Haider.

TCUL’s Hike the Hill will be held June 5 – 7. TCUL is currently putting together the schedule; however, for those credit unions wishing to secure their travel arrangements early, the event will kick-off with an evening reception on June 5, and conclude by noon on June 7. Details about the event will be shared with credit unions as the information becomes available.

TCUL has secured a block of rooms at the Phoenix Park Hotel at a rate of $199/night.  The Phoenix Park is located at 520 N. Capitol St, N.W. Washington D.C. 20001 (across the street from the senate side).  Click here to make your reservations.