Pub. 12 2023 Issue 6

2023 KBA Federal Affairs Committee, KBA Board and KBA’s Bank Leaders of Kansas (BLOK) Class March on Washington, D.C., a Success!

Above: ABA Government Relations Team members (L-R) Chris Fisher, Kirsten Sutton and Ginny O’Neal updated Kansas bankers on KBA’s legislative priorities, giving important advice and talking points for each issue.

Members of the KBA Federal Affairs Committee, KBA Board of Directors and the 2023 KBA BLOK class embarked on a multi-day journey in our nation’s capital to engage with Kansas’ Congressional representatives and federal banking regulators, discussing vital matters concerning the banking industry.

The event kicked off on Sunday evening, September 17, when the BLOK class commenced their visit with an enlightening guided night tour of Washington, D.C.’s iconic memorials and monuments.

Monday morning sessions began with an ABA 101 session hosted at the American Bankers Association’s new office. The day continued with a panel featuring two Chiefs of Staff from Kansas’ Congressional offices.

On Tuesday, the entire delegation reconvened at the ABA office to engage in dialogues with key regulatory bodies, including the FDIC, the OCC and CFPB. The discussions centered around regulatory priorities, covering topics such as DIF modernization, bank capital levels and Section 1071 compliance. In addition, bankers received a comprehensive Farm Bill briefing from ABA staff and gained insights into the FHFA’s System 100 report.

The itinerary continued Wednesday when this group of nearly 60 dedicated bankers visited Capitol Hill. Their discussions spanned a range of critical issues, including the ACRE Act, the Credit Card Competition Act, the potential repeal of Section 1071 Small Business Reporting, and the SAFE Banking Act, among others.

The journey concluded with an evening reception held at the Mayflower Hotel, open to all members of the Kansas Congressional Delegation and their respective staff. 

Leonard Wolfe, President/CEO of United Bank & Trust in Marysville, expressed his gratitude to Kansas U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, who serves as the lead sponsor of the ACRE Act in the Senate (S. 237).
Kansas U.S. Senator Roger Marshall reaffirmed his strong support for the ACRE Act (S. 237). During this important moment, Mark Schifferdecker, President/CEO of GNBank in Girard, extended his heartfelt gratitude to Senator Marshall for his steady dedication to the cause.
Bankers urged Representative Sharice Davids (3rd District) to co-sponsor the ACRE Act (HR 3139). Alex Goodpaster, a member of the 2023 KBA BLOK class and VP at Equity Bank, emphasized the Act’s importance given rising interest rates.
KBA officers had the opportunity to capture a moment with Congressman LaTurner. Pictured (L-R) are KBA Vice-Chairman Julie Hower, President/CEO of Farmers and Drovers Bank in Council Grove; KBA Chairman Mark Schifferdecker, President/CEO of GNBank in Girard; Congressman LaTurner; and KBA Chairman-Elect Gene Dikeman, President/CEO of Bank of the Plains in Hutchinson.
Congressman Tracey Mann (1st District) discussed issues important to the banking industry as well as shared his insights into the upcoming Farm Bill with bankers from Kansas’ Big First. Congressman Mann is a member of the House Agricultural Committee, which will be putting the Farm Bill together.
U.S. Congressman Jake LaTurner of the 2nd District offered his insights on the impending budget crisis and reiterated his support for the Kansas Bankers Association’s legislative priorities.
KBA President/CEO Doug Wareham moderated a panel featuring (seated) Braden Dreiling, Chief of Staff to Congressman LaTurner, and James Kelly, Chief of Staff to Senator Moran. They discussed the role of a Chief of Staff, communication strategies and their career paths in D.C. Ryan Gilliland (standing), Vice President with FHLBank Topeka, sponsored the panel.
The 2023 KBA BLOK class took a memorable photo at the ABA’s new office building during Monday night’s reception, capturing a breathtaking view.
Congressman Ron Estes (4th District) discussed a host of KBA-supported initiatives in the Capitol Visitor Center meeting space and offered his insights on the difficulties of finding consensus on the government’s budget.