CU Advocates Meet with Congressman Pallone

Credit union advocates met Thursday with Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) in his Long Branch district office. Rep. Pallone chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee which, in addition to having jurisdiction over telecommunications matters, shares jurisdiction over many financial services issues including privacy and data security. He introduced the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act (H.R. 3375) which passed the U.S. House in July with 237 cosponsors including every member the New Jersey delegation.

In addition to his robocall bill, topics discussed included data security, cannabis banking, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 and housing finance reform.

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Left-to-right: Chris Abeel, Vice President of Corporate & Governmental Affairs, NJ Credit Union League; Tom O’Shea, President/CEO, Aspire FCU; Rep. Pallone; Gary Chizmadia, Board Chair, Credit Union of New Jersey; Nicola Foggie, Senior Vice President of Compliance & Regulatory Affairs, NJ Credit Union League; and Jean-Albert Maisonneuve, Vice President of Marketing, First Atlantic FCU 

The League schedules in-districts meetings with members of state’s congressional delegation to enable credit union advocates to meet with their representatives in Congress without having to travel to Washington. In addition to Pallone, there were meetings this week with Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr, (D-9) in Paterson and Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-7) in Somerville. A meeting with Rep. Jeff Van Drew has also been confirmed for the afternoon of September 4 in Mays Landing.

The meetings are open to all NJCUL member credit unions. Anyone interested in participating should contact NJCUL Vice President of Corporate & Governmental Affairs Chris Abeel at or 800-792-8861, ext. 127.