Congressional Delegation Unanimous In Giving Accolades To Maine CUs

October 16, 2015

A group of nearly 20 Maine credit union representatives were not only warmly welcomed to Capitol Hill but received words of praise and acknowledgement from the entire Maine Congressional Delegation.  During the recent, two-day visit to Washington, D.C., to discuss issues and provide an update on credit unions, the group met with each member of the Delegation.

Led by the Maine Credit Union League, the trip provides an annual opportunity for representatives from Maine CUs to go to the nation's Capital to strengthen and build relationships with the state's Congressional Delegation.  While Congress may not agree on much these days, Maine's Delegation were unanimous in commending the efforts, commitment and strength of Maine's credit unions.  Senator Collins remarked, "You are leaders on so many issues, from helping protect our seniors from financial abuse to what you do on ending hunger.  Credit unions are significant parts of thousands of Mainers' lives."  Senator King applauded credit unions "for helping fuel the local economies of many Maine communities.  You are important to your members."  Congresswoman Pingree said the visits to D.C. each year by Maine CUs "keep the lines of communication between you and us strong.  You are the ears in the communities you serve, and we like hearing from you."  Congressman Poliquin added, "Maine credit unions did not cause the financial crisis, and you should not be treated like big banks.  As a credit union member myself, I know what credit unions do to help people.  We need to let you do that."

John Murphy, President of the League, said the visits represent an "important part of keeping our Delegation informed about what regions throughout Maine are experiencing.  We have a great story to tell about the ways in which credit unions serve consumers, and this is an opportunity to tell that story."