We have all seen how partisanship has taken hold of national politics and caused many good legislative bills to grind to an unnecessary halt. Community bankers and American citizens are rightfully fed up.
Is an idea, rule, regulation change, nominee or legislative bill good or bad simply based on if it is proposed by a Democrat or Republican? Regardless of the origin of the idea or change, shouldn’t it stand on the merits of how it can make our nation stronger, and most importantly, how it can help spur economic growth and prosperity for all Americans?
We can and have found bipartisan support for community banks. Congressional leaders have a proven track record of wanting to help community banks. During this new session of Congress we are best positioned to break through the gridlock and see meaningful progress towards reform for community banks. Furthermore, we now have a President who
will sign regulatory relief bills.
Regulatory relief has been and remains the number one priority of the ICBSD. The message is simple: Relieve the regulatory burden on all our nation’s community banks and the result will be an increase in the flow of credit directly to the job creators of our economy, small businesses. This will undoubtedly increase economic activity, expand job
opportunities and the opportunity for citizens to prosper.
As a nation, we must put aside the belief that ideas are good or bad based simply on political party and work to break though partisanship. Policymakers of all political beliefs must rally around the goal of economic growth and recognize that community banks are, and will continue to be, the best motor to push that growth.
I invite you to help push our message of regulatory relief forward by attending this year’s ICBA Capitol Summit, April 30 – May 3 at the Grand Hyatt, Washington D.C. If access to capital, regulatory and tax relief, mortgage reform and agricultural lending are at the forefront of your mind, then make plans to join the ICBSD and fellow community bankers as we advocate for change. By coming together and espousing the community bank message, we will make change happen for our business, our customers and our communities.
Make your voice heard and share your unique community banking story with our members of Congress and regulators. Now is the time to engage with policymakers and help them right the ship for local economies nationwide!
McCurry, a native of MN and resident of Mitchell, SD, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications / Marketing from the Minnesota State University, Mankato. Prior to joining the ICBSD as President and CEO, he directed the marketing, sales and government relations efforts at Santel