Federal Government Involvement
The IBA works closely with Indiana's 11 federal delegates and their staffs in Washington, DC, and participates regularly in Washington fly-ins, such as the IBA Annual Washington Trip, to meet with congressional leaders, other lawmakers and federal agency heads concerning important industry issues. The IBA works with federal regulators by discussing industry issues and by submitting comment letters on current regulatory issues under review by their agencies. The IBA also works with the American Bankers Association and Independent Community Bankers of America to stay informed about current legislative matters.
How Can I get Involved?
The IBA offers a variety of options for bankers who want to get involved in advocating banking issues within the framework of the federal government. These options include contributing to Indiana BANKPAC to help support elected officials who care about banking interests, communicating your thoughts and concerns with your elected officials through our Capwiz system, and attending the IBA Washington D.C. trip.
Indiana BANKPAC is the political action committee of the IBA. Individual bankers, banks and bank political action committees have the ability to give contributions to Indiana BANKPAC. Once Indiana BANKPAC receives those funds, the money is used for financial assistance to campaign committees for specific candidates, as well as to political committees. Much of the funds are used to support candidates for state office who understand and support a positive business environment for the conduct of banking activity. If you are interested in making a BANKPAC contribution, please contact Josh Myers at (317) 917-8047.
Capwiz is an IBA legislative action center that presents issue briefs and summaries of current legislation. Here, bankers have the opportunity to view and easily participate in action alerts through letters, emails and phone calls to their elected officials.
The IBA Washington Visit gives Indiana bankers the opportunity to talk with the Indiana Congressional delegation and regulators about the successes and concerns of the banking industry in our nation’s capital. Bankers are able to share their experiences firsthand with Indiana’s delegation to produce workable laws and regulations. This is the best opportunity to tell policymakers face-to-face why the regulatory burden imposed on banks is too heavy and to make suggestions for modifications to burdensome rules. Bankers who have attended past Washington Visits were able to engage in problem solving and raise issues of concern to policymakers on an individual basis. The trip is planned for maximum contact and productivity. The 2013 Washington D.C. Trip is scheduled for October 6-8, 2013.
Federal Government Resources
United States House of Representatives
United States Senate
The Library of Congress: Thomas
For further information or assistance, please contact Amber Van Til, Dax Denton, or Josh Myers at the IBA Government Relations office, 317-917-8047.