A One-Two Punch

ICBA MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMS | Industry Advocacy Banding together, ICBA and state community banking associations are delivering a broad-based grassroots advocacy message to Congress By James Richter and Tim Cook It was a valuable opportunity, and a request from an influential lawmaker. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), the new ranking Democratic member on the U.S. House Financial […]

Constant Diligence Needed To Secure Regulatory Relief

ICBA Plan for Prosperity Agenda Proceeds in 113th Congress By Paul Merski Working to secure relief from the crushing regulatory burden on community banks is and has always been Job No. 1 at ICBA. But while Washington seems capable of producing an endless stream of regulatory mandates, ICBA and the nation’s community banks are making […]

Taming the Unruly Bulls

With regulatory measures falling flat, Congress is taking the lead on ending too-big-to-fail, advancing legislative action to subdue Wall Street’s financial mega-institutions once and for all By Kelly Pike and Tim Cook Fed up with years of Wall Street’s perilous blundering and reckless shenanigans, increasingly impatient Washington policymakers are on tenterhooks to end too-big-to-fail once […]

Capital Is King

New TBTF Act would impose stricter capital rules on largest banks to rein in risk By Karen Thomas The renewed debate over too-big-to-fail heated up even more with the introduction of legislation to impose stricter capital rules on the largest financial firms. The Terminating Bailouts for Taxpayer Fairness Act of 2013 (TBTF Act, S. 798), […]

Simply Way Too Big

A lively ‘break ’em up’ debate is buzzing in the nation’s capital By Karen Thomas Just a couple of months ago, few Washington observers would have expected that the problem of too-big-to-fail financial institutions would once again be a top priority among policymakers. But a funny thing happened on the way to the 113th Congress: […]

A Plan for Prosperity

Hundreds of community bankers will rally in Washington for regulatory relief By Paul Merski About 1,000 community bankers and industry allies will gather in Washington this month to lobby lawmakers during the 2013 ICBA Washington Policy Summit. The April 24–25 fly-in gives community bankers nationwide an ideal opportunity to press their congressional representatives and regulators […]

Being Heard: Vigilance as the New Normal

By Brian Anderson The past few years have felt like a hurricane of economic adversity for the financial stability of our nation. Extended periods of heavy economic headwinds have similarly battered the community banking industry and the communities they serve. Between over-aggressive regulatory encroachment and attempts at industry power grabs by tax-advantaged competitors, it seems […]

A Fresh Start in Congress

Led by ICBA’s legislative experts, community banking’s agenda in the 113th Congress will zero in on regulatory and tax relief By John Hand and Alan Keller With the start of the 113th Congress under way, there is no shortage of issues for debate in Washington. While tax and spending issues have dominated the headlines in […]

Can Opposites Attract?

Reps. Jeb Hensarling and Maxine Waters: an unlikely pairing that offers a test case of congressional cooperation on the House Financial Services Committee By Tim Cook Could political Mercury and Pluto ever share the same orbit? Debate continues in Washington about how to extract Capitol Hill from its partisan policymaking gridlock. For those wondering whether […]


New Committee Brings New Opportunities for Community Banks

New Committee Brings New Opportunities for Community Banks By Aaron Stetter As the 113th Congress gets underway it is important to note the key “players,” both returning and new, who will steer financial services policy for the next two years. While ICBA enjoyed strong working relationships with both the outgoing House Financial Services Committee Chairman Spencer […]