House Financial Services Committee Chairman Michael G. Oxley (R-Ohio) and Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) will address hundreds of small business owners during the Independent Insurance Agents of America’s (IIAA) National Legislative Conference. The 26th Annual IIAA National Legislative Conference will be held April 10-12 at the Capital Hilton Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C.
In addition to the keynote speakers, the Conference will be highlighted by hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill between independent insurance agents & brokers and their congressional representatives. Nearly 800 IIAA agents & brokers will attend the three-day event.
Rep. Oxley will speak during a breakfast session on Thursday, April 11 at 8 a.m. On Friday, April 12, Sen. Dodd will speak at 8 a.m. Another high-profile speaker is expected to be added.
As the head of the House Financial Services Committee, Oxley possesses considerable influence over insurance issues ranging from the pending congressional review of state insurance regulation versus federal oversight, to adoption of a terrorism insurance proposal.
Oxley was elected chairman of the Financial Services Committee by his peers in the House at the beginning of the current Congress.
The April 12 speaker, Sen. Dodd, is an influential leader on insurance issues in the U.S. Senate and is currently serving his fourth term as the senior senator representing Connecticut. Dodd is a senior member of the Senate Banking Committee and an outspoken advocate of insurance issues in the chamber. Last year, Dodd drove terrorism insurance legislation to the brink of passage, and will be pivotal in advocating the measure again this year.
All three speakers are expected to address current national policy concerns as well as tax and small business—and insurance-related issues pending before Congress.