More than 130 bankers and industry partners will be in DC next week for visits with members of the Texas Congressional delegation. The visits will coincide with a nationwide fly-in (April 24-26) of community bankers across the country attending the Independent Community Bankers of America Washington Policy Summit. In addition, meetings are planned with senior officials of each of the prudential regulatory agencies and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
"We are gratified with the excellent response from the membership. Grassroots contact is key if we are going to continue the momentum and increase the understanding that community banks represent Main Street and not Wall Street among our elected members of Congress," said Chris Williston, President and CEO of IBAT.
Bankers will be discussing a multitude of policy issues important to community banks including advocating for meaningful regulatory relief, discouraging legislation to expand credit union business lending and encouraging lawmakers to extend the Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG) program due to expire at the end of 2012. A complete summary of the issues to be discussed can be found here.
IBAT encourages bankers who are unable to make the trip to familiarize themselves with these issues and to reinforce their importance with Congressional representatives in district meetings back home.