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HCU Members Take Part in Hike the Hill

November 28, 2012 – Washington D.Chth. - LeeAnn Marker, Business Advisor at Hutchinson Credit Union, took part in Hike the Hill in Washington D.C.  Hike the Hill is a grassroots program sponsored by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) that allows credit unions the opportunity to educate lawmakers on credit union issues and put a face to the issues and concerns of our members.  Accompanying Marker on her trip were HCU member business owners Dr. Jon Austin, Hutchinson Small Animal Hospital, Ben and Amy Kraft, Kraft Electric, and Karen Maness and Mitzi Alexander of Absolutely Flowers and Absolutely Home.

Over the course of two days, the group met with each of the offices of the Kansas Legislative delegation including Senators Moran and Roberts, Congressmen Huelskamp, Yoder, and Pompeo, and Congresswoman Jenkins.  Their focus this trip was the soon-to-be voted upon Credit Union Small Business Jobs Act, or Senate Bill S.2231 and H.R. 1418.

In 1998, Congress placed an arbitrary lending cap on credit union business lending of 12.25% of assets.  S. 2231 would essentially double the business-lending cap and open up more credit for small businesses.  Estimated to create 140,000 new jobs and $13 billion in additional capital for small business, passage of this bill is vital to make sure credit unions, such as Hutchinson Credit Union, are able to continue to lend to their small business members.

"These small business owners took time from their business and personal lives to travel to D.C. and meet with our legislators face-to-face in an effort to take real small business stories from our community to Washington. We greatly appreciate their tremendous efforts" Marker said. The HCU delegation was also able to visit with CUNA President Bill Cheney during an evening reception on Tuesday, November 27.