Maine's Congressional Delegation applauds, praises Maine CUs on Capitol Hill

March 3, 2016

Before an audience of more than 80 representatives and guests from Maine's credit unions, members of Maine's Congressional Delegation praised the work and efforts of Maine's credit unions not only on behalf of their members but on behalf of their communities.  The Breakfast, hosted by the Maine Credit Union League, was held on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and featured remarks from all four members of Maine's Congressional Delegation.

As the senior member of Maine's Congressional Delegation, Senator Susan Collins addressed the group first and was vocal in her praise of what credit unions do "to help hundreds of thousands of Maine people.  You do so much in providing financial services, as well as the leadership of Maine's credit unions on fighting hunger and protecting our seniors from elder financial abuse.  I just want to say 'thank you' for all that you do."  Senator Angus King added, "Maine credit unions on the pillars of so many communities across Maine - you don't just exist in them but you hold so many of them together and help them succeed."  Congressman Bruce Poliquin said, "My first financial relationship was with a credit union in Waterville, and I am still a proud member of a credit union today.  Credit unions mean a lot to Maine people and to our economy."  Unfortunately, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree had a previous commitment in Maine that delayed her return to Washington, but her senior Legislative Director on Financial Services spoke on her behalf.  Joe Marro stated, "Congresswoman Pingree appreciates all that credit unions do to help their members achieve their dreams, whether it's buying a house or helping a small business.  She applauds your efforts."

John Murphy, President of the Maine Credit Union League, said Maine's credit unions are engaged and involved in the legislative process throughout the year but having more than 80 credit union representatives and guests from Maine come to Washington "demonstrates the importance of being visible and active in building and strengthening relationships with our Congressional Delegation.  Our voice is being heard by our Delegation because we take the time to participate in communications and events on an ongoing basis."