CURIA Sponsor Comes Under Attack
BATON ROUGE, La. - Seeking to bolster a CURIA co-sponsor under attack from the banking lobby, the Louisiana Credit Union League said it has generated nearly 200 "thank you" letters to U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-Monroe) to demonstrate the industry "is behind this bill." "The response from our credit unions has been wonderful," said Anne Cochran, League president and CEO. "The huge number of letters from all over the state will not only cement our position with Congressman Alexander but will also help our position with the rest of the Louisiana delegation." Pleading for more letters, Cochran said Congressman Alexander has been undergoing "tremendous pressure from the Louisiana Bankers Association to change his view on this bill." A League spokesman said the banker broadside on Rep. Alexander came in July "just about the same time" Milwaukee Congressman Gwen Moore, a Democrat, announced she was changing her mind and withdrawing as a CURIA co-sponsor. "It is very important that we get as many letters as possible to Congressman Alexander," said Connie Major, League vice president of governmental affairs. "The banking industry is adamantly opposed to this bill and is working diligently to kill it."