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WASHINGTON-CUNA enlisted some big name stars for its recent video aimed at rallying credit union troops behind the Credit Union Regulatory Improvements Act. Though maybe not as well known as Mel Gibson or Julia Roberts, CURIA cosponsors Congressmen Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.), along with former colleague CUNA President and CEO Dan Mica, teamed up to produce a video about CURIA, what it means for credit unions, and what it needs to progress through Congress. “We had an opportunity to get a little bit more in-depth into the bill [and] let them explain what it was they were trying to accomplish in Congress and specifically what they needed from the credit union movement in order to make this a successful bill,” CUNA Political Affairs Vice President Richard Gose said. He said CUNA planned on sending copies to the state leagues late last week for distribution. “I hope to see it rally some folks and hopefully answer any questions credit unions have out there.” Gose added. “From our standpoint, in terms of the grassroots and in terms of getting folks educated, we need to get as much information out there in the hands of credit unions so that the legislative process can take whatever form necessary.” CUNA Vice President of Legislative Affairs and Senior Legislative Counsel Gary Kohn said a bill was not expected to be introduced last week, but it had a good chance of being introduced over the next couple of weeks. However, prospects for a stand-alone bill in the Senate are not very good, Kohn admitted. “[The Senate is] taking a wholly different approach because, as you know, they’ve never even introduced a regulatory relief bill, and they do not like to do things piecemeal, if you will,” he explained. “They prefer to handle everything as a big package. They are looking at everything that’s in CURIA and everything that’s in reg relief to make a determination on what if anything they would include as part of the future reg relief bill.” “The video is part of a broader effort on our part to do a multifaceted approach to getting CURIA more support within the movement,” CUNA Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs John McKechnie emphasized. “The video’s one piece of it.” He promised “a lot more in the pipeline to come.” -

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