As the 115th Congress gears up to address tax reform, regulatory relief and other legislative action, the American Bankers Association today released its 2017 Blueprint for Growth. Developed by ABA’s Government Relations Council and Board of Directors, the banker-driven Blueprint focuses on four overarching policy priorities: growing the economy, encouraging innovation while protecting customers, rebuilding the housing market and removing impediments to serving customers.
“These positions are positive and forward-looking, and tell the story of what banks are for, not what we are against,” said ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols. “We are for economic growth. We are for job creation. We are for prosperity for our communities. Such optimism drives our industry, and it’s what drives our advocacy, too.”
The Blueprint outlines several concrete goals under each broad priority, but all are focused on how lawmakers and regulators can help banks unleash growth and job creation in communities across the country. Bankers can use these priorities as a basis for conversations with lawmakers during Washington Visits this year and next month, when bankers will meet with members of Congress during the ABA Government Relations Summit, March 20-22.