Congressional Meeting Access and Details on Capitol Hill

Halls of Congress

The Credit Union National Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C. returns live from Feb. 27 – March 3! The event brings credit union advocates back to our nation’s capital with a few changes, especially around Capitol Hill.

At this time, the U.S. Capitol remains closed to the general public. Access to professional advocates is limited and granted on a case-by-case basis depending on a policy determined by each congressional office. In short, each office is determining the amount, size, and access restrictions. The U.S. Capitol Police have also increased security and check-in procedures, all of which are subject to (and could change) over the next few months.

However, events and lobbying days are still commencing in a variety of different fashions. The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues are working to ensure that interaction occurs with our congressional delegations, even if meetings take place outside the traditional capitol offices. It should be cautioned that some offices are working in a hybrid format and will prefer an online meeting instead.

As the Leagues gain more details on the policies and procedures for accessing the capitol, registrants will be kept informed. Please rest assured: if the Leagues and credit union leaders do not meet with each and every office during the conference, they will do so virtually in the following weeks.

Additionally, CUNA recently announced enhanced procedures to comply with the District of Columbia’s vaccine and mask mandate. The details can be found on the GAC attendee website. For those registered and those considering attending, please review the necessary compliance and vaccine mandate. CUNA has pledged to keep attendees up to date on the policies and will have updates as we get closer to the event.

If you or any of your colleagues have specific questions, please email Jeremy Empol in the Leagues’ advocacy office for further details.

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