Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1998

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Author: William J. Clinton  | Date: August 7, 1998

Statement on Signing the Credit Union Membership Access Act,
August 7, 1998

Today I am pleased to sign into law H.R. 1151, the "Credit Union Membership Access Act," which will ensure that millions of Americans have the choice of getting consumer financial services from a credit union.

Our credit unions are special institutions. Providing primarily consumer loans—for cars, education, home improvement and home purchases—and other financial services, like checking accounts and certificates of deposit, they are democratically controlled, member-owned cooperatives, with volunteer, unpaid directors. Because they are not-for-profit organizations, credit unions often can charge lower fees, require lower minimum deposits, and provide more personalized service.

Early this year, a decision by the Supreme Court created uncertainty about the future of credit unions in a case about how credit unions could draw their membership. This bill will restore membership flexibility to credit unions, allowing, for example, employees of a number of smaller companies or members of a number of churches to join together to form a credit union. The bill also provides important new safety and soundness reforms. Unfortunately, the bill does not include some important reforms to reaffirm the responsibility of credit unions to meet the needs of low- and moderate-income persons, and to assess their performance in meeting that goal. However, on balance, this bill will significantly strengthen credit unions, which provide so many benefits to consumers.

William J. Clinton
The White House,
August 7, 1998.

Note: H.R. 1151, approved August 7, was assigned Public Law No. 105-219. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue.

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Chicago: William J. Clinton, "Statement on Signing the Credit Union Membership Access Act, August 7, 1998," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1998 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, August 14, 1998 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1998), 34:2540 Original Sources, accessed July 1, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QLQHNAJV5YJMXFK.

MLA: Clinton, William J. "Statement on Signing the Credit Union Membership Access Act, August 7, 1998." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1998, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, August 14, 1998 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1998), 34:2540, Original Sources. 1 Jul. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QLQHNAJV5YJMXFK.

Harvard: Clinton, WJ, 'Statement on Signing the Credit Union Membership Access Act, August 7, 1998' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1998. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, August 14, 1998 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1998), 34:2540. Original Sources, retrieved 1 July 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QLQHNAJV5YJMXFK.