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For Immediate Release
August 1, 2016
ABA Media Contact: Blair Bernstein
(202) 663-5468
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ABA Kicks Off “Take Your Lawmaker to Work” Program

Members of Congress invited to experience a ‘day in the life’ as a bank employee

WASHINGTON — August marks the start of the American Bankers Association’s “Take Your Lawmaker to Work” program –an initiative that encourages bankers to host their elected policymakers at a local branch. Bankers nationwide have invited 150 members of Congress to see in person how banks operate, how regulations affect their customers and the roles banks play in communities.

“By spending a day alongside bankers, lawmakers will discuss the ins and outs of the business and better understand how their policy decisions impact the banking industry’s ability to serve customers, constituents and communities,” said Rob Nichols, ABA president and CEO. “Members of Congress from 37 states will have an opportunity to interact with their district’s bank employees as a part of this program.” 

Many visits will take place while lawmakers are home during their district work period and additional visits are scheduled to take place through November. 

Banks participating in Take Your Lawmaker to Work will offer insights and expertise that demonstrate how important banks are to the economy of their hometowns and will show lawmakers first-hand how many of the issues on their agenda in Washington affect the availability of products and services banks provide to help their customers achieve their financial goals. 

Registration is still open and includes materials for bank employees to make an effective impression on lawmakers, such as invitation templates, step-by-step instructions for hosting a bank visit and tips for follow-up communication.  Resources to help registered banks prepare for these visits are available at ​

The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $16 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $12 trillion in deposits and extend more than $8 trillion in loans.

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