Washington, D.C (Oct. 10, 2018)—The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) today launched a bipartisan campaign applauding the work of pro-community bank members of Congress and encouraging them to continue their support of local communities. The ongoing issue advocacy campaign targets the constituents of 13 members of the House and Senate who have stood up for Main Street by supporting pro-community economic growth legislation, including the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155) signed into law this spring.
“ICBA’s politics is community banking,” ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey said. “We are bipartisan and support policies and policymakers that support the nation’s more than 5,000 community banks and the communities and customers they serve nationwide. The passage of S. 2155 was a major victory for every Main Street town—urban, suburban and rural—that’s served by a community bank. ICBA and community banks want to increase awareness of the critical role these members of Congress have served in furthering local lending, economic growth and job creation in their home districts.”
As part of an ongoing strategic advocacy campaign, ICBA is delivering tens of thousands of mailings in 13 states and congressional districts. The direct-to-constituent postcards spotlight the critical role of the following members of Congress:
- Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.)
- Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.)
- Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.)
- Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.)
- Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.)
- Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.)
- Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.)
- Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.)
- Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.)
- Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.)
- Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.)
- Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.)
These and other ICBA-supported lawmakers were instrumental in passing the ICBA-advocated S. 2155, a landmark law that includes common-sense improvements to the nation's financial rules that will allow community banks to better serve their customers and communities. More information on the law, including ICBA’s Road to Regulatory relief digital timeline, is available on its “Passage of S. 2155” resource center.
The Independent Community Bankers of America® creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. With more than 52,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute 99 percent of all banks, employ more than 760,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in five U.S. counties. Holding more than $4.9 trillion in assets, $3.9 trillion in deposits, and $3.4 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community, community banks channel local deposits into the Main Streets and neighborhoods they serve, spurring job creation, fostering innovation and fueling their customers’ dreams in communities throughout America. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at www.icba.org.