Earlier this month, Prosperity Indiana and the Indiana Institute for Working Families staff met outside the American History Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to prepare for a whirlwind round of visits to our lawmakers on Capitol Hill. On our agenda: ensure that lawmakers considered the perspectives of working Hoosiers and the agencies that stand alongside them each day, helping to make financial well-being a reality.
Our main policy target was the Financial CHOICE Act. This bill – which passed out of the House Financial Services Committee in early May – dismantles many of the financial reforms and consumer protections that were put in place following the Great Recession. This made our starting point at the American History Museum a bit ironic; how quickly many of our lawmakers seem to have forgotten the lessons of the past.