League, CU Advocates Meet with Reps Pallone and Pascrell

The New Jersey Credit Union League and credit union advocates met Monday morning with Congressman Frank Pallone (D-6) and in the afternoon with Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-9). Pallone is the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is in line to become chairman if the Democrats capture a House majority in the November mid-term elections. Pascrell serves on the House Ways and Means Committee. Both committees are extremely important when it comes to credit union-related legislation.

Pictured Left to Right: Andy Jaeger, President/CEO, Credit Union of New Jersey and NJCUL Board Chair; David Frankil, NJCUL President/CEO; Christina Olender, President/CEO, Parlin DuPont EFCU and former NJCUL Board Director; Frank Pallone, Congressman (D-6); Chris Abeel, NJCUL VP of Corporate and Governmental Affairs.

The discussion focused on post-S. 2155 regulatory relief priorities, the need for the Department of Justice to issue Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Web site compliance rules, the ongoing problem of merchant data breaches and the need to subject retailers to the same data security requirements as card issuers, and issues relating to NCUA’s treatment of taxi medallion loans and participations.

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 and Pascrell, the League has met with Reps. Donald Norcross (D-1) and Leonard Lance (R-7) as well as, Sen. Booker’s office. Meetings with Rep. Donald Payne (D-10) and Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-3) are scheduled for September 24 October 24 respectively. Meetings with the balance of the delegation are being scheduled.

The League has also met with state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, who is running to succeed long-time credit union supporter Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-2), and Mikie Sherrill, who is running for the seat currently held by Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11). LoBiondo and Frelinghuysen are not seeking re-election.

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 cabeel@njcul.org or 800-792-8861, ext. 127.