Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Our Survival Depends on Grassroots Mobilization

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Our Survival Depends on Grassroots Mobilization

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THE SUPERBOWL IS OVER. AND THE primaries will soon be winding down. The next big event is the new ABA's Government Relations Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C., March 10-12th.

Please mark your calendars and make your reservations to join me at the Summit in Washington. This is an opportunity for all of our bankers from all across the country to interact with the key players in Congress and the federal regulatory agencies that write the laws and make the rules we have to live with in our banks every day.

Our survival depends on grassroots mobilization, and this is our call to action.

We need to know our members of Congress and they need to know us, so that when we contact them on issues like the expansion of the Farm Credit Service, on competitiveness, or on our regulatory burdens, they will know who we are.

ABA's Government Relations Summit is the first opportunity for our newly merged association to demonstrate the depth and breadth of the new ABA to members of Congress and the federal regulators. Every banker should be involved in our Government Relations Summit.

The Summit will focus on a variety of legislative and regulatory issues. We will hear from members of Congress and the regulators, and have an opportunity to question them.

We will also schedule individual visits to members' and regulators' offices where we can talk with them and key members of their staff one-on-one.

Members of Congress need to know how many people you have working on compliance issues. We have to give them concrete examples from our banks in their home towns of what burdensome regulations really mean. …

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