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Press Releases

Big "I" Government Affairs Press Releases

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 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 14, 2017—Today the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2874, “The 21st Century Flood Reform Act,” introduced by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin). This legislation reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years and makes several reforms to the program. The bill now heads to the Senate where lawmakers in that chamber will decide whether to take up the House version of the flood bill or craft their own reauthorization legislation.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 2, 2017—The Hill, a leading political newspaper, has named Bob Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO, and Charles Symington, Big “I” senior vice president of external, industry, and government affairs, among the top trade association lobbyists in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 27, 2017—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today released a statement by Charles Symington, Big “I” senior vice president of external, industry, and government affairs.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 8, 2017 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today released the following statement by Charles Symington, Big “I” senior vice president of external, industry & government affairs.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 1, 2017 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today released the following statement by Charles Symington, Big “I” senior vice president of external, industry & government affairs:
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 21, 2017—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today released the following statement by Charles Symington, Big “I” senior vice president of external and government affairs:
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 30, 2017—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) released the following statement regarding Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Kentucky) from Robert Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO:
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 24, 2017—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) has bestowed the Sidney O. Smith Award to Lee Schilling, president of Schilling & Reid Insurance in Amite, Louisiana.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 23, 2017 —The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) bestowed an inaugural award to the Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska (IIAN) for membership development at the association’s largest annual gathering.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 23, 2017—Spencer Houldin, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) chairman, recently honored J. Ralph Murray of Stamford, Connecticut, for his long-standing commitment to the independent insurance agency community.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 19, 2017 —The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) recently bestowed the award for membership growth to the Independent Insurance Agents of North Dakota (IIAND) at the association’s largest annual gathering.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, May 17, 2017–Trusted Choice® has awarded the annual Dan Fulwider Award for Community Involvement to Harry Swimmer, founder of the Swimmer Insurance Agency in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 11, 2017—Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, delivered a keynote address to the annual Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) Large Agent/Broker & CEO Dinner.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, May 10, 2017 – The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) Young Agents Committee (YAC) raised more than $26,000—including $17,599 in a silent auction—this year for InVEST, a one-of-a-kind financial literacy program that educates high school and college students about insurance, risk management and financial services.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 9, 2017—Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Massachusetts) addressed the Young Agents & InsurPac State Chairpersons Legislative Luncheon during the annual Big “I” Legislative Conference.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 9, 2017—Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) delivered a keynote address to the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) membership at its annual Legislative Conference.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 8, 2017—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers (IIABA or the Big “I”) has awarded Charles “Cappy” Stults with the Woodworth Memorial Award, the highest honor the association bestows on one of its members, during the annual Big “I” Legislative Conference.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 8, 2017—Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) delivered a keynote address to the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) membership at its annual Legislative Conference.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 7, 2017 —The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) bestowed two inaugural awards for membership development at the annual Big “I” Legislative Conference.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 2017—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today presented Applied Systems, Central Insurance Companies, EMC Insurance Companies and Travelers Insurance Companies with the prestigious Best Practices Award of Excellence at the Big “I” Legislative Conference.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2017—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America National Young Agents Committee (YAC) welcomes Nevada young agent Jana Schellin Foster, recipient of the 2017 Maurice Herndon Scholarship award, to Washington, D.C., this week for the Big “I” Legislative Conference. Schellin Foster is part owner and agency manager at the Nevada Insurance Agency company in Carson City, Nevada.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 3, 2016—Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nevada) is the Gerald Solomon-Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) Legislator of the Year for 2016.
WASHINGTON--The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) to host its Annual Legislative Conference, May 3-5, 2017.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 26, 2017—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today announced that Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) will address the association’s membership on Thursday, May 4, 2017.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 26, 2017—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today thanks the White House for releasing details on President Trump’s comprehensive tax plan. Among its numerous provisions, the plan would significantly cut both the corporate tax rate and the tax rate for pass through businesses to 15%.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 25, 2017—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today announced that Kim Lancer, TeleTech Consulting senior facilitator and executive coach, will address the association’s Diversity Task Force, leadership and members at a special event during the annual Legislative Conference on Friday, May 5, at 12:00 p.m. EDT.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, April 6, 2017—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today announced the participants for a top insurance carrier CEO panel discussion that will occur on Friday, May 5, during its annual Legislative Conference.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 22, 2017—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today expresses concern over the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 372, the “Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017,” by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Arizona). H.R. 372 would repeal the limited antitrust exemption for health insurers established by the McCarran-Ferguson Act.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 8, 2017 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today applauded Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nevada) and Jon Tester (D-Montana) and Reps. Dennis Ross (R-Florida) and Kathy Castor (D-Florida) for introducing the “Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act.” This legislation allows for private flood insurance to satisfy National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) continuous coverage requirements; meaning that policyholders can obtain NFIP coverage without losing their grandfathered status if they leave the program, obtain coverage in the private market, and later find that this new coverage no longer meets their needs.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 28, 2017—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today announced at Rep. Joe Kennedy, III (D-Massachusetts) will address the Young Agents & InsurPac State Chairpersons Legislative Luncheon at the annual Big “I” Legislative Conference.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 9, 2017—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today announced that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) will address the association’s membership on Thursday, May 4, 2017.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 3, 2017—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) praises action taken today by the Trump Administration calling for the Department of Labor (DOL) to halt implementation of the Obama Administration’s controversial fiduciary rule and undergo a complete re-review of the measure.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 11, 2017 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today congratulates Quincy L. Branch, president & CEO of Branch Benefits Consultants in Las Vegas, on his appointment to the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance (FACI). FACI is a committee composed of various state government officials, insurance professionals and consumer advocates that advises the Federal Insurance Office (FIO).
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 10, 2017—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today expresses its support for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives legislation which would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) 40% excise tax or “Cadillac tax.” Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nevada) and Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) are the lead sponsors of S. 58 in the Senate while Reps. Mike Kelly (R-Pennsylvania) and Joe Courtney (D-Connecticut) are the lead House sponsors of H.R. 173.

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