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CUNA GAC offers chance to speak directly with lawmakers

The 2011 CUNA GAC will have a Southeastern flair as Reps. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) will speak at the General Session on Wednesday. The CUNA GAC runs Feb. 27-Mar. 3 at the Washington D.C. Convention Center.

The LSCU will host the Alabama and Florida delegation at the Grand Hyatt hotel right near the convention center. The LSCU will hold a Welcome Reception on Sunday Feb. 27 and then hospitality events Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The hospitality events provide a good opportunity for credit unions to network about their day and to talk about the upcoming Hill visits. The latest information and any schedule changes will also be provided at the hospitality events. The LSCU delegation will make most of the Hill visits Wednesday and Thursday of CUNA GAC week. This is a great opportunity for credit unions to speak directly with lawmakers. Many times the lawmakers ask pointed questions about legislation and how it affects credit union members. A strong showing by credit unions in Alabama and Florida show lawmakers how important credit unions are in the financial landscape.

The lineup of speakers at the CUNA GAC is always impressive, but in 2011 it will be a who's who of speakers and lawmakers in the news. The latest names added to the speakers list includes Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), a public supporter of the federal credit union tax status and other credit union-friendly issues, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), former chair of the House Financial Services Committee and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau architect Elizabeth Warren. Sen. Blunt will address GAC attendees on Wednesday morning, Mar. 2. The lineup for this year's GAC also features Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio). The GAC also recently added, as a keynote speaker, actor and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals co-founder John Schneider. He was originally slated to speak in 2010 before having to bow out just before the GAC.

There is still time for credit unions to register to join the LSCU at the CUNA GAC Feb. 27 - Mar. 3. Contact LSCU Executive Assistant to the President Teresa Gray at 866.231.0545 ext. 2110 to get your name on the list and to secure a hotel room. For more information, visit the LSCU CUNA GAC Resources area of the website.