NDAA Passes House, Advances to Senate

The House Wednesday advanced the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 (S.1790) which was reported out of conference committee earlier this week.

The credit union movement achieved a notable win when the final version of the bill was released without the credit union-opposed provision contained in the Senate-passed version that would have allowed certain banks to obtain cost waivers to operate on military installations.

In addition to regular engagement with policymakers in both chambers of Congress, CUNA launched a grassroots advocacy effort to activate credit union members as the NDAA went to conference committee to work out differences between the Senate and House version. This led to more than 2,700 messages to lawmakers.

Credit unions’ advocacy efforts were featured in two of Capitol Hill’s most-read publications, Politico and Bloomberg Government

The NJCUL launched its own Call-to-Action and met individually with the state’s four conference committee members. The issue came up during the Advocacy Appreciation Reception during the League’s convention in October. While the reception’s guest of honor Rep. Andy Kim (D-3), an NDAA conferee, said he was unable to predict whether the provision would be included in the conference report, he did express his support for striking the provision from the final bill.     

The bill passed on a vote of 377-48. It now moves to the Senate for consideration; the president has indicated he will sign the legislation once it passes both chambers.

CUNA and the state leagues successfully fought against inclusion of a similar provision in last year’s NDAA.