September 27, 2012
Leaders from nine credit unions came together for a Credit Union Town Hall with Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) at First Tech Federal Credit Union in Beaverton, Ore., this week. The Congresswoman, back in the district until late November after Congress adjourned last week, updated credit union leaders on her experiences as a new members of Congress over the past eight months.
Hank Sigmon, interim CEO at First Tech, introduced the Congresswoman and thanked her for being a credit union champion. Bonamici is a co-sponsor of member business lending (MBL) and supplemental capital legislation, which represent the credit union movement's top two legislative priorities.
Bonamici said she continues to talk about her support for the MBL bill as she travels across her district and meets small-business owners in need of capital. She committed to continuing to urge her colleagues to pass this bill in the lame-duck Congress.
Bonamici also shared with the group the work she did on the House Budget Committee and the House Committee on Science and Technology. If given the opportunity in the next Congress, she said she is interested in pursuing a committee position on the House Education and Labor Committee and/or the House Financial Services Committee.
"It was an important reminder for all of our credit union leaders that we are fortunate to have not only the Congresswoman’s support, but a continuous open-door relationship with her office," said Jennifer Wagner, vice president of legislative advocacy for the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA). "That is rare, but it's critical to achieving legislative success."
The following nine credit unions were representated at the event:
- First Tech Federal Credit Union
- Rivermark Community Credit Union
- NW Priority Credit Union
- Northwest Resource Federal Credit Union
- St. Helens Federal Credit Union
- Valley Credit Union
- USAgencies Credit Union
- Oregonians Credit Union
- Unitus Community Credit Union
- OnPoint Community Credit Union
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