Next week, hundreds of MBA members from across the country will come to Washington for MBA’s National Advocacy Conference (NAC). It’s an annual tradition that enables MBA members to speak directly to their elected officials as advocates for our industry – and their own businesses and customers. Last year’s conference was one of the most successful in recent years; this year’s program promises to be just as informative and engaging.
A member of the House GOP leadership, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman (and Financial Services Committee member) Steve Stivers (R-OH) will kick off the conference with our annual Mortgage Action Alliance (MAA) Town Hall discussion. Full House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), a leading advocate for regulatory relief, will keynote MBA’s State Delegation Breakfast Meeting the next day. Other key NAC speakers in between will include key Senate Banking and Senate Finance Committee member Mark Warner (D-VA), a leading voice for GSE reform, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Whip and HUD Appropriations subcommittee member Pete Aguilar (D-CA).
MBA will also be launching our new MAA Mobile App. The application will allow users to join MAA, take action, contact your elected officials, learn about MORPAC and track bills that MBA’s legislative staff are monitoring, offering a one-stop-shop for all of MBA’s advocacy programs on your Apple or Android devices.
Another first for the conference is an “mPact” track for young professionals. MBA has been working hard to empower the young, diverse and inclusive housing finance professionals who will be tomorrow’s industry leaders.
Finally, on Wednesday, hundreds of MBA members will travel to Capitol Hill and make the industry’s collective voice heard. Nothing is as persuasive to members of Congress as hearing from their individual constituents face-to-face. Explaining the challenges your businesses face on a daily basis to your elected officials is far and away the most effective way to affect change.
MBA’s Legislative and Political Affairs team has also developed a special commercial/multifamily track that will bring key elected officials from the Senate Banking Committee and House Financial Services Committee and top committee staff from the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee directly to you. This will provide critical face time for you to emphasize the impact that policies can have on your businesses.
I hope to see many of you next week here in Washington at the NAC. The larger the group, the louder the voice and impact we can have for our industry and on behalf of the nation’s housing consumers.