While the Senate is on a recess, NAFCU President/CEO Fred Becker is encouraging credit unions to continue their pressureon elected officials in support of S. 2231, which would raise themember business lending cap to 27.5% of assets.

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NAFCU isn't altering its strategic course as a result of a possible vote delay on thebill, Becker said. Instead, he said, credit unions must remain“unrelenting” in their support of MBL legislation, and not give upor walk away.

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“That's exactly what bankers want, for us to get discouraged andgo away, and if we do that, we're playing right into their hands,”Becker said.

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He said NAFCU has been in contact with member credit unions thatare constituents of senators the organization hopes will supportmember business lending legislation. He declined to name names, butsaid he's encouraging credit unions to visit the key senators in aneffort to “seal the deal” for a vote on S. 2231.

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Additionally, Becker said he's encouraging NAFCU members to“keep up the drumbeat” and pressure on Congress, particularlyduring this week's congressional recess.

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District office visits can be more fruitful than Washingtonvisits, Becker said, because congressmen and women “have more time,and aren't running from vote to vote or from hearing to hearing.Clearly, they have more time, and if you're meeting them in theirdistrict, they know you're a constituent.”

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He also said asking about MBL legislation at town hall meetingscan be effective.

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The Senate and House will both be back in session May 7,according to the 2012 Congressional calendar.

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