Government Relations Summit, Washington , DC
A critically important annual event for members of NJBankers is the American Bankers Association’s  Government Relations Summit held in Washington, DC. The program features participation by congressional leadership and key committee members, senior regulatory staff and representatives from the administration. In addition, NJBankers schedules meetings with members of the New Jersey congressional delegation. Our association can have an important impact on national policies given the prominent roles played by Senator Menendez and Representatives Garrett in financial services issues.   

The Government Relations Summit truly is your opportunity to "talk to power." Your involvement will help legislators understand who bankers really are, and what banks do for their constituents. Our message: Let bankers be bankers—an engine of economic growth and job creation in our communities.

2016 Summit 

The ABA Government Relations Summit was part of a continued effort to raise awareness of the challenges faced by our industry.  NJBankers members met with the entire Congressional delegation or their staff to discuss issues surrounding regulatory relief, mutuality, taxation, and credit unions. Every year we have had some success in gaining a better understanding of Congress and we hope to demonstrate to the members of Congress the economic strength and importance of our industry. 

NJBankers members were able to get a first-hand look at the landscape in Washington from:
• Dana Perino – Former White House Press Secretary
• Congressman Jeb Hensarling – Chairman, House Financial Services Committee
• Senator Richard Shelby – Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs

 Comments were also made by:
• Senator Heidi Heitkamp
• Senator Tim Scott
• Congressman Ed Perlmutter
• Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer

Political Analysis was provided by Charlie Cook and Stu Rothenberg, renowned for their insight on the political future.

Also for the first time NJBankers had members who participated in the Emerging Leaders Forum.  We look to expand participation in the future.