Dakota Credit Union Professionals Visit Capitol Hill
by Jay Kruse
Chief Advocacy Officer

Washington, D.C. – Credit union advocates from all across the country were seen in every building on Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon, as more than 5,200 credit union leaders visited with elected officials about issues that are important to credit union members. These “Hike the Hill” visits are an annual tradition for our Dakota delegation each year, as the final part of the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference.

Dakota credit union advocates spent the entire afternoon meeting with our elected representatives, continuing our Campaign for Common-Sense Regulations. This year, our group was welcomed by two new faces in Congress: Dusty Johnson (R-SD), and Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), who are both serving their first term in the U.S. House. In addition to the newly elected Congressmen, our group also met with some familiar faces: Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND). Senator John Thune (R-SD) was called away to the White House, but we were able to meet with some of his staff. CUNA News even featured some of our photos from the day, which you can see here.

The main purpose of these “Hike the Hill” visits is to bring attention and awareness to the issues that are impacting credit unions and the communities they serve here in the Dakotas. We also enjoy these meetings for the opportunity to continue to build our relationships with our elected officials. Among the topics discussed yesterday were the unique structure and mission of credit unions, the many ways Dakota credit unions assisted their members through the government shutdown, the need to enhance payment security, and the need to continue to reduce the overall regulatory burdens on credit unions. Current regulatory burden costs equate to $135 per member household in South Dakota and $195 per member household in North Dakota, which ranks North Dakota second highest and South Dakota the tenth highest in the nation.

It was a full day for the Dakota advocates, and we would like to express our sincere appreciation to each of our elected officials for taking the time to listen to our concerns, as you can see in the photos below. Today, we make our way back to the Dakotas, hoping that the weather does not cause too many delays!


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