SIFMA Statement on the Municipal Bonds Emergency Relief Act

Washington, D.C., March 20, 2020 – SIFMA today issued the following statement from President and CEO Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr. on the Municipal Bonds Emergency Relief Act.

“SIFMA applauds the introduction of the Municipal Bonds Emergency Relief Act, which aims to support the municipal bond market during this volatile time. The municipal bond market is one of our nation’s most remarkable financial institutions, providing a mechanism whereby more than 50,000 state and local government units can raise money for public purposes that benefit communities and ensure their sustainability. We appreciate the attention paid to this important sector of the markets and thank Senator Menendez for introducing this legislation to help states and localities use these financing tools to address the current crisis.”


SIFMA is the leading trade association for broker-dealers, investment banks and asset managers operating in the U.S. and global capital markets. On behalf of our industry’s nearly 1 million employees, we advocate for legislation, regulation and business policy, affecting retail and institutional investors, equity and fixed income markets and related products and services. We serve as an industry coordinating body to promote fair and orderly markets, informed regulatory compliance, and efficient market operations and resiliency. We also provide a forum for industry policy and professional development. SIFMA, with offices in New York and Washington, D.C., is the U.S. regional member of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA). For more information, visit