Samuel R. Whitfield Jr. is CUNA's new vice president, legislative affairs.
Credit unions are pushing for passage of a patent reform bill that the Senate is likely to vote on soon that could limit their exposure to patent infringement lawsuits.
Though credit unions aren't directly involved in the health care debate, due to some parliamentary maneuvering they are likely to lose the ability to offer certain student loans.
Talk about bad timing for credit unions.
Congress has placed financial service providers on the defensive during the past four years. But with an election scheduled for this year, the political pressures will be even greater.