ARLINGTON, Va. – NAFCU has mounted a program to build supportfor CURIA which resembles some of the credit union's industry'seffort to support HR 1151. “It definitely doesn't have the urgencyof 1151,” said Murray Chanow, NAFCU's director of political affairs“but the last thing I want to see happen with CURIA is for the billto be introduced and then just lay there. I want to keep interestin it high,” he said. NAFCU has chosen postcards (see sidebar),plain white postcards which either thank Representatives Ed Royce(R-Calif.) and Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.) for introducing CURIA or forurging support for the legislation. The postcard's target will bemembers of the House Financial Services Committee. “My goal is thatwhen the bill comes up before the [House Financial Services]Committee, every one of the members can know that they havereceived plenty of communications from the credit unions and creditunion members about that bill,” he said. Much of Washingtonlegislation can enter a legislative black hole after it isintroduced, Chanow explained. Without a lot of activity around it,legislation can lose momentum and slip under the radar. Thepostcard effort is a way for credit unions to keep interest aroundthe legislation high. Chanow reported that 500 of the postcardswere already sent from the organization's most recent VolunteersConference in San Francisco and he anticipated another 2,000 beingsent from the organization's annual conference in Las Vegas inJuly. But the real work of sending the cards will come from membercredit unions and credit union members themselves, Chanowexplained. NAFCU has made the postcard available to its members onits Web site so that member credit unions can download the postcards and print them out on card stock themselves for their membersto fill out in their lobbies. “It's always better to get cards fromthe credit unions in the member's district than to get all of themfrom a Washington D.C. area address,” Chanow said, adding hispersonal goal is to get 10,000 cards sent to Committee members andother Representatives before the end of this September. -

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