Written by Katie Marisic, VP of Political Affairs
With all the new regulations about to go in effect in the coming months we thought we’d give you a little break from the normal updates and let you sit back, relax and enjoy what Congress has to offer. But first here is a corgi doing an impression of Congress trying to pass legislation.
It’s been week after the government shutdown ended and Washington, D.C. is quickly returning to its “normal state.” Federal employees have returned to work, acrimonious congressional hearings are being held and the panda cam is back in action.
Next week the budget conference committee tasked with finding a compromise on the Continuing Resolution and Extension of the Debt Ceiling will meet. There was a lot of talk going around that a compromise would involve major tax reform, but yesterday both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) appeared to rule out the idea of a grand bargain.
With an approval rating of 12%, and a record of passing legislation that has them on track to be the least effective Congress in American history, the idea to scale back the grandiose rhetoric and focus on something that is achievable seems like a pretty good plan. Here's that corgi again.
But just because tax reform might not be in this compromise doesn’t mean that the issue is going away. Both Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), chairmen of the committees that deal with tax reform have repeatedly expressed their desire to pass legislation this Congress. Sen. Baucus is retiring and Camp’s tenure as Chairman is term limited so both of them have significant interest in making something happen before 2015.
If Congress does a 180, and starts working together anything could happen. It’s important that we keep encouraging them to focus on legislation that is beneficial to credit unions. S. 635, the Privacy Notice Modernization Act of 2013, is one bill that we want to make sure stays on their radar. Similar legislation has already passed in the House and a presidential signature on this bill would be a boon to credit unions.
All of this is assuming they come to a compromise, if the conference committee can’t come to a bargain by December 15 be prepared for round two of shutdowns. But just because Congress might not be able to meet their deadlines doesn’t mean you can miss yours. Make sure your credit union is prepared for all the compliance deadlines by visiting the NAFCU Compliance Calendar.
Before you return to your regularly scheduled program here is one more video to get you through your day.
Have a great weekend!