The Virginia Credit Union League, which represents 184 not-for-profit credit unions and the 3 million Virginians they serve, today announced its endorsement of former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine in his bid for the U.S. Senate.
“Decisions made in Washington have a direct impact on credit unions’ ability to provide affordable financial services to their member-owners,” said Rick Pillow, president of the Virginia Credit Union League. “Gov. Kaine will be an effective partner and understands the difficulty of the legislative and regulatory environment. He is the best choice to help stimulate our economy and get our country back on track.”
Credit unions were embraced by Americans during the Great Depression with passage of the Federal Credit Union Act in 1934. They boast a proud history of serving members in economic good times and bad by providing vehicles for saving, loan products and expert advice to help member-owners achieve their financial goals and better manage their finances.
“I have great respect for credit unions and their ‘people helping people’ philosophy,” said Gov. Kaine in accepting the League’s endorsement. “The economy and the creation of jobs is the central focus of my campaign, and credit unions and other community-based financial institutions will help drive the economic recovery. Washington needs to ensure the nation’s ‘Main Street’ financial institutions can remain strong, innovative and vibrant for the good of working Americans and our communities.”
Although credit unions played no role in the financial crisis that shook America’s financial system, they have been saddled with regulations meant to rein in the excesses of the nation’s largest banks. Gov. Kaine supports credit unions and community banks in the call for fair and balanced regulation that maintains the safety and soundness of the nation’s financial system, without unduly burdening the nation’s small community-based financial institutions.
“Gov. Kaine is a proven leader and credit unions respect his balanced approach in crafting policy,” said Pillow. “Tim Kaine has the experience, principles and focus to help guide our nation to new heights and we look forward to his service in the U.S. Senate.”
The Virginia Credit Union League is the state trade association for the commonwealth’s 184 credit unions. The League’s many services for credit unions include legislative and regulatory advocacy year-round at the local, state and federal levels. For more information about the Virginia Credit Union League, visit www.vacul.org.