WASHINGTON-Yet another member of Congress has come out in a very public way in support of the credit union movement. Congressman Butch Otter (R-Idaho) has approved America’s Credit Unions’ use of a photo and his history with credit unions in a combined CUNA-NAFCU advertising campaign on Capitol Hill designed to draw attention to the Credit Union Regulatory Improvements Act (H.R. 2317) and other credit union issues. The advertisement is third in a series. In the ad, Otter stated that he joined the credit union his family belonged to when he was 13 years old. Maple Grove Grange Credit Union was “the institution that loaned my family money to invest in the dairy and cattle businesses and to enlarge our farming and ranching operations, thereby allowing us to invest in ourselves,” he said. He explained how the credit union helped him pay for his first year of college; Otter was the only one of nine children to graduate college. “And it was the credit union that loaned me necessary capital to start my first business,” the congressman added. “I believe in the value and the values of the credit union system,” Otter concluded. “It is a belief in the human spirit and the free enterprise system, and in the value of a person’s word and their promise.” The ad will appear for the next couple weeks in Roll Call, Congress Daily, and National Journal.

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