WASHINGTON-As NAFCU's Annual Conference gets underway, the Congressional Caucus speakers' list is beginning to form. Treasury Secretary John Snow has signed on as a speaker for Sept. 21, the last day of the conference. Also from the administration will be NCUA Chairman JoAnn Johnson and Board Member Debbie Matz. From the legislative side, House Financial Services Ranking Member Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and committee member-and one of the original co-sponsors for the Credit Union Regulatory Improvements Act Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.). NAFCU Director of Legislative Affairs Murray Chanow said House Financial Services Committee Chairman Mike Oxley (R-Ohio), CURIA Sponsor Ed Royce (R-Calif.), and House Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee Chairman Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) have expressed an interest but have not nailed down a date yet. The Washington Times Editorial Page Editor Tony Blankley will serve as the keynote speaker for the Caucus slated to kick off Sept. 18 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. Blankley was the press secretary to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and can now be seen on Capital Gang. "We're working on getting some of the usual and some of the unusual," Chanow commented for the rest of the lineup, which he said would be more defined in the few weeks after the Annual Conference. As always, there will also be time allotted for visits with lawmakers. And, Chanow said they are still working on the topics for education sessions. He explained that NAFCU takes its cue from attendees as they register, of which the group expects 400-500 people. So far there has been interest in a session on the new bankruptcy laws, which go into effect about a month after caucus, and grassroots efforts, he added.

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