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Waters Statement on FDIC Proposal to Eliminate Inter-Affiliate Swaps Initial Margin

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Today, following the release of a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) proposal to eliminate the requirement that banks collect initial margin when transacting with their affiliates, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement: “The rollback of this important safeguard has been on Wall Street’s wishlist since the ... Read more »

Waters Opening Statement at Hearing on Private Securities Markets

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, gave the following opening statement at a full Committee hearing entitled, “Examining Private Market Exemptions as a Barrier to IPOs and Retail Investment.” Good morning. I’d like to thank Chair Maloney for holding this hearing on an important and growing part of our financial system—the private securi... Read more »

House Passes Five Financial Services Bills

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On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the following bills offered by House Financial Services Committee Members, and managed on the House floor by Congressman Michael San Nicolas (D-GU), Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. H.R. 2852, Homebuyer Assistance Act of 2019, a bill that would make it easier for homebuyers to buy a home with a Federal Housing Administrat... Read more »

Waters Opening Statement at Hearing on Student Loan Debt Crisis

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, gave the following opening statement at a full Committee hearing entitled, “A $1.5 Trillion Crisis: Protecting Student Borrowers and Holding Student Loan Servicers Accountable.” As Prepared for Delivery Good morning. Today this Committee convenes for a hearing to examine the student loan debt crisis. I... Read more »

Waters Statement on Trump Housing Finance Reform Plan

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Today, in response to the Trump Administration’s release of a housing finance reform proposal, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, made the following statement: “Reforming our system of housing finance is a proposition that has very serious implications for millions of Americans, including those aspiring to become homeowners as well as rente... Read more »

Waters Statement at Conclusion of Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Europe and Middle East

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement after the Congressional delegation she led to Europe and the Middle East concluded its trip. Congressman Michael San Nicolas (D-GU), Vice Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia (D-TX), and Congressman Lance Gooden (R-TX), joined the d... Read more »

Waters Statement on Bipartisan Congressional Delegation’s Visit to Qatar

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement after a bipartisan Congressional delegation to Europe and the Middle East that she is leading concluded with a visit to Qatar. “Today, my colleagues and I depart Doha, Qatar, after meeting with the Minister of Finance, the Governor of the Qatar Central Bank, and the CEO o... Read more »

Waters Statement on Bipartisan Congressional Delegation’s Visit to Cyprus

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement after a bipartisan Congressional delegation that she is leading concluded its visit to Cyprus. “I have long been concerned by the deficiencies both domestically and abroad in safeguarding the financial system from money laundering and other forms of illicit finance. This ... Read more »

Committee Finds Megabanks Coming up Short in Closing the CEO-to-Worker Pay Gap

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Following up on full Committee hearings in March and April where Committee Democrats asked megabank CEOs hard-hitting questions on issues including their alarming CEO-to-worker pay ratio despite making record profits in recent years, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Committee Democrats asked megabanks for more information on their CEO co... Read more »

Waters Statement on Bipartisan Congressional Delegation’s Visit to Germany

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement after a bipartisan Congressional delegation that she is leading concluded its visit to Germany. “Since the beginning of this Congress, the Financial Services Committee has taken a close look at the U.S. sanctions regime and efforts to combat terrorism and illicit financin... Read more »

Waters Leads Bipartisan Delegation to Europe and Middle East

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement regarding the delegation she is leading to Europe and the Middle East during the Congressional recess. “Last month, the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing to examine Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency, Libra, and its impact on consumers, investors, national... Read more »

Waters and 101 Members Blast CFPB Giveaways to Predatory Payday Lenders

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, and 101 Members of Congress sent a letter to Kathy Kraninger, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Consumer Bureau), calling on her to reconsider the Consumer Bureau’s final rule to delay the original August 19, 2019 compliance date for the 2017 Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain Hi... Read more »

Waters Announces Fall 2019 Priorities and Highlights Committee Accomplishments

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, announced an overview of the Committee’s fall 2019 priorities and highlighted the Committee’s efforts in the 116th Congress to work on behalf of consumers, investors, and vulnerable families. Fall 2019 Priorities This fall, the Committee will continue its work to ensure fairness, competition, and trans... Read more »

Waters Statement on HUD’s Move to Weaken Protections Against Housing Discrimination

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement condemning the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) proposal to weaken a key aspect of the Fair Housing Act, the disparate impact standard, under which defendants can be held liable for policies or practices that have a discriminatory impact without pr... Read more »

Waters and Plaskett Urge HUD to Reconsider Exclusion of Virgin Islands from Disaster Relief Funding

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) and 10 Members of Congress sent a letter to Ben Carson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, blasting the agency’s recent announcement that it would release Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding to the... Read more »

Waters Statement on CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman Announcement

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Following the announcement that Robert Cameron, former head of compliance and risk mitigation at the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA/FedLoan Servicing), will serve as the Private Education Loan Ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement.... Read more »

Waters Statement on FDIC and OCC Decision to Allow Banks to Gamble with Taxpayer Funds

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement on the decision by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and approval of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to weaken the Volcker Rule, which stops banks from gambling with taxpayer money. “The Volcker Rule is a cornerstone of Wall Street refor... Read more »

Waters Opening Statement at Los Angeles Field Hearing to Examine the Homelessness Crisis

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, delivered the following opening statement at a full Committee field hearing entitled, “Examining the Homelessness Crisis in Los Angeles.” As Prepared for Delivery Good morning. Welcome to the Committee on Financial Services field hearing entitled, “Examining the Homelessness Crisis in Los Angeles.” ... Read more »

Committee Chairs Request Information from Consumer Bureau on Efforts to Protect Student Loan Borrowers

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Today, Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathleen Kraninger requesting information and records concerning the CFPB’s efforts to protect consumers from unlawful student loan servicing ... Read more »

Committee Finds More Work is Needed to Improve Diversity at Megabanks

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Following the March and April full Committee hearings to hold megabanks accountable, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion, sent requests to Bank of America Corporation, Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, Citigroup Inc., Gol... Read more »

Waters Statement on GAO Report Confirming Concerns About HUD’s Distressed Asset Stabilization Program

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, released a statement on a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report entitled, “Federal Housing Administration: Opportunities Exist to Improve Defaulted, Single-Family Loan Sales.” (GAO-19-228). The GAO report was requested in 2016 by Chairwoman Waters to ensure the Federal Housing Administration’s ... Read more »

Chairwoman Waters Applauds Long-Overdue Fed Decision on Real-Time Payments

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement on the Federal Reserve’s decision to modernize its interbank payments system into a real-time gross settlement (RTGS) service, which will allow our nation’s consumers to have immediate access to funds deposited into their bank accounts. “The Federal Res... Read more »

Waters and Brown Call on Regulators to Protect Taxpayers and Stability of the Financial System

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, sent a letter to Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Jelena McWilliams, Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC); and Josep... Read more »

Waters Announces September Hearings

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, announced several Committee hearings for the month of September: Wednesday, September 4 at 10:00 AM — The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will convene a field hearing entitled, “Examining Discrimination and Other Barriers to Consumer Credit, Homeownership, and Financial Inclusion in Texas,... Read more »

Waters Announces August Field Hearings on Homelessness, Housing

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, announced Committee field hearings in the month of August on housing and homelessness: Friday, August 2 at 12:00 PM EDT – The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will convene a field hearing entitled, “An Examination of the Housing Crisis in Michigan, 11 Years after the Recession,” in Detroit,... Read more »



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