President Signs Bill Funding Government Through Feb. 15

President Donald Trump signed a bill Friday evening funding the government through Feb. 15, ending the partial government shutdown. CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle thanked America’s credit unions for their efforts to serve members who were furloughed.

“Throughout the shutdown, America’s credit unions have been ensuring that those affected by the shutdown have been able to avoid financial calamity. With passage of legislation to temporarily reopen the government, many of these families will see their backpay restored, and can return to financial security,” Nussle said. “We will continue to engage with lawmakers as they work to continue funding the government beyond the Feb. 15 stop-gap date.”

Credit unions around the country started rolling out offerings to help affected members as soon as the shutdown began, and continued rolling out additional services, such as fee-free payment skip, 0% APR loans and other financial solutions. 

CUNA has maintained a shutdown assistance page with information from over 500 credit unions in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. that came to the aid of furloughed federal workers. 

CUNA also kept in regular contact with Congressional offices during the shutdown, keeping them informed on credit union assistance to members. CUNA also responded to several direct request from legislators on credit unions are assisting affected members, including five members of the Senate Banking Committee and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), chair of the House Financial Services Committee, each of which received CUNA’s up-to-date list of credit union offerings.

The New Jersey Credit Union League (NJCUL) also reached out separately to Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) offices. Menendez serves on the Senate Banking Committee.

CUNA and the state leagues are continuing to collect information on credit union assistance that was made available to federal workers during the shutdown. New Jersey credit unions willing to share their story should contact NJCUL Vice President of Corporate and Governmental Affairs, Chris Abeel, at cabeel@njcul.org or 1-800-792-8861, ext. 127.