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Top Lawmakers and Regulators to Address Bank Leaders at ABA Washington Summit


Bank leaders from across the country will gather both virtually and in person to hear from top lawmakers and regulators at the American Bankers Association’s annual Washington Summit, held March 8-9 at the Marriott Marquis Washington.

“With new leaders in place at the regulatory agencies, Congress eyeing the midterm elections, our nation’s economy continuing to recover as well as a new war in Europe, 2022 is promising to be a pivotal year for our industry,” said Rob Nichols, ABA president and CEO. “This year’s Washington Summit offers attendees the opportunity to hear from top regulators, lawmakers and experts on major issues facing our industry and the country while advocating for policies that will help them better serve their customers, clients and communities.”

Over the course of two days, attendees will hear from a speaker lineup that includes:

Tuesday, March 8*

  • ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols – 8:30 a.m.
    Opening Remarks: What’s at Stake in Washington

  • House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) – 8:45 a.m.
    As the Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Waters sets the agenda for banking policy in the House. She will share the committee's current priorities and the outlook for legislation impacting America's banks.

  • House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) – 9:10 a.m.
    The ranking Republican on the House Financial Services Committee offers his perspective on key issues facing America's banks and the outlook for committee action in 2022 and beyond. After delivering some prepared remarks, he will also sit down for a brief Q&A session.

    Moderator: Peter Gwaltney, North Carolina Bankers Association President and CEO

  • Juan C. Zarate, Former Assistant Treasury Secretary, White House “Counterterrorism Czar” and global co-managing partner and chief strategy officer, K2 Integrity – 10:30 a.m.
    As a former Assistant Treasury Secretary, Counterterrorism Czar and federal prosecutor, Juan Zarate used to enforce U.S sanctions. In this timely conversation, Zarate, author of “Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare,” will discuss the latest in Ukraine, the unprecedented steps by the West to impose financial costs on Russia for its invasion, and what banks in this country should prepare for next.

    Moderator: Rob Nichols, ABA President and CEO

  • Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) – 11:00 a.m.
    As a veteran member of the House Financial Services Committee and chair of the Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions Subcommittee, Rep. Ed Perlmutter has championed the SAFE Banking Act in Congress. His efforts have led to strong support for the commonsense, bipartisan measure which would finally allow financial institutions to bank cannabis businesses in states where it's been legalized in some form. Rep. Perlmutter will share the latest on the SAFE Banking Act and his other legislative priorities.

    Moderator: James Ballentine, ABA EVP of Congressional Relations and Political Affairs

Wednesday, March 9*

  • Wells Fargo EVP & Chief Corporate Economist Richard DeKaser – 8:30 a.m.
    With the Federal Reserve poised to start raising interest rates this month and the invasion of Ukraine adding a new risk to the global economy, Wells Fargo Chief Corporate Economist and ABA Economic Advisory Committee Chair Richard DeKaser offers his latest assessment of the U.S. economy and the road ahead.

    Moderator: Sayee Srinivasan, ABA Chief Economist

  • Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) – 9:00 a.m.
    Sen. Tester, a key member of the Senate Banking Committee, shares his thoughts on the committee's 2022 agenda and the critical issues facing the banking sector.

    Moderator: Naomi Camper, ABA Chief Policy Officer

  • Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – 9:30 a.m.
    Sen. Moran, a key member of the Banking Committee and the lead Senate sponsor of the Enhancing Credit Opportunities in Rural America (ECORA) Act, will share his outlook on a range of banking policy issues and much more.

    Moderator: Doug Wareham, Kansas Bankers Association President and CEO

  • Acting Comptroller of the Currency Michael Hsu – 10:00 a.m.
    The acting comptroller sits down for a conversation with ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols to discuss his top priorities at the OCC and current regulatory issues facing the banking sector.

    Moderator: Rob Nichols, ABA President and CEO

  • Former Senators Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) – 10:30 a.m.
    In this midterm election year, two Capitol Hill veterans offer their take on the balance of power in Washington, the people to watch and the prospects for getting anything done in the months ahead.

    Moderator: Kristy Merrill, New Hampshire Bankers Association President

  • SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman – 11:00 a.m.
    Small Business Administration Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman shares life lessons from her personal journey to the leadership of the SBA. Building on the success of the Paycheck Protection Program and other SBA programs, Administrator Guzman will also discuss how America's banks can continue to partner with SBA to help small businesses find the financing they need.

    Moderator: Scott Anderson, ABA Chair; Zions Bank President and CEO

*All times are EST, approximate and subject to change. Additional speakers could still be added.

The full Summit program can be found here.

Press Registration

Note to editors: Complimentary registration is offered to news media. Press credentials and pre-registration are required, including for access to the virtual program. To pre-register, please contact Gabrielle James-Johnson at [email protected] and indicate whether you’re interested in attending the event virtually or in-person. The Washington Summit is open to press on March 8 and 9.


About the American Bankers Association

The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $23.6 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $19.4 trillion in deposits and extend $12 trillion in loans.

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