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April 2-3 in D.C.: Top Policymakers including Sen. Crapo, Rep. Waters and CEA's Hassett to Address Banking Leaders at ABA Washington Summit

The leaders of the banking committees in Congress, as well as top banking regulators, three regional Federal Reserve Bank presidents and the president’s top economist will all participate in the American Bankers Association’s annual Washington Summit, April 2-3 at the Marriott Marquis Washington.  
The Summit, the largest annual gathering of bank leaders in the nation’s capital, will offer attendees the opportunity to hear directly from some of the key policymakers overseeing the banking sector today. Bankers from across the nation will also have the chance to share their perspective on the state of the industry. The Summit will kick off Tuesday, April 2 with opening remarks from ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols. He will be followed by House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters who will share her priorities. Later in the day, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo will outline his agenda in the 116th Congress.  This year attendees will also hear directly from a panel of top banking regulators from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and they will hear Kevin Hassett, chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisors, offer the administration’s perspective on the state of the economy and the role banks are playing in promoting growth.  
On Wednesday, April 3, the Summit will feature a panel discussion with Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dr. Raphael Bostic, Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George and Richmond Federal Reserve Bank President Tom Barkin. They’ll offer their own assessments of the economy, and the regional banks’ role in regulating financial institutions. Wednesday’s general session will conclude with a political roundtable featuring former Democratic National Committee Chair and Fox News contributor Donna Brazile and Republican political strategist and consultant Mike Murphy. Attendees will then head to Capitol Hill where they will meet with lawmakers to discuss key issues facing the banking industry and legislative priorities.  
“This event provides bankers across America an important opportunity to engage with policymakers and advocate on Capitol Hill for commonsense banking policies that promote economic growth,” said Rob Nichols, ABA president and CEO.  “Last year we saw a return to bipartisanship around banking policy. We want to continue that momentum by working with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as well as regulators, to ensure that policies allow banks to better serve their customers and communities, while creating jobs and growth.”
Program highlights include:
Tuesday, April 2*:
  • Opening Remarks from ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols (8:35 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.)

  • Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee (8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.)

  • Legislative Outlook featuring ABA Chief Policy Officer Naomi Camper and EVP of Congressional Relations James Ballentine (9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.)

  • Dialogue with the Regulators (9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.)
    • Doreen Eberley, director of the FDIC’s Division of Risk Management Supervision
    • Jennifer Burns, Deputy Director of the Federal Reserve Board’s Division of Supervision and Regulation
    • Morris Morgan, senior deputy comptroller and chief operating officer at the OCC
  • Kevin Hassett, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, discusses the state of the economy with ABA Chief Communications Officer Peter Cook (10:45 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.)

  • Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), chairman of Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee (11:10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.)
Wednesday, April 3*:
  • A Conversation with Federal Reserve Bank Presidents (8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.)
    • Tom Barkin, president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
    • Esther L. George, president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
    • Dr. Raphael W. Bostic, president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Political Roundtable (9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.)
    • Donna Brazile, Fox News contributor and former chair of the Democratic National Committee
    • Mike Murphy, political strategist and analyst for NBC News and contributing editor for TIME
*Times are approximate and subject to change.  The full Summit program can be found here.
Press Registration:
Members of the press are invited to attend the summit and are required to register in advance by contacting Gabrielle James-Johnson at [email protected] or 202-663-5315.


About the American Bankers Association

The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $21.1 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $17 trillion in deposits and extend nearly $11 trillion in loans.

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