President Bush spoke at the
BIG “I” National Legislative Conference

President George W. Bush spoke to more than 1,000 independent insurance agents and brokers on Thursday, April 21, at the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s (the Big “I”) National Legislative Conference.

The President addressed the urgent need to modernize our Social Security system for our children and our grandchildren.

“It is the ultimate honor and privilege to have the President of the United States at our National Legislative Conference,” says Big “I” CEO Robert A. Rusbuldt. “This President understands the issues confronting Main Street America. He knows that small business owners drive the economy through job creation and business expansion. President Bush has been a strong voice for many of the issues that our members support, not the least of which have been his impressive achievements on tax cuts and his successful push for class-action reform. Our members also support much-needed reforms to Social Security and the tax code, and we eagerly look forward to hearing from the President.”

President Bush is the fifth president to address the Big “I.” Presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton also addressed the Big “I.”

“President Bush has a pro-Main Street America agenda that will continue to promote economic security, retirement security, and national security for independent agents and brokers, their employees, and all Americans,” says Rusbuldt.

Highlights of the Big “I” National Legislative Conference included an in-depth issues briefing session; the annual Big “I” congressional reception on Capitol Hill; appearances by numerous high-profile speakers; and hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill between Big “I” agents and brokers and their elected representatives in the Congress.

Other prominent political leaders speaking to agents and brokers at the Big “I” event were Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), a leading voice among moderates in the Senate. Additionally, House Chief Deputy Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) addressed the Big “I” Insiders’ Luncheon on Tuesday, April 19.

Founded in 1896, the Big “I” is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of more than 300,000 agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance—property, casualty, life, and health—as well as employee benefit plans and retirement products.


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