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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 »

Waters Statement on Capital One Data Breach

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, issued the following statement on a data breach which exposed account information of over 100 million Capital One customers. “This data breach shows that it’s not just big technology companies and credit reporting agencies like Equifax that are vulnerable to hacking and data breaches – big banks are... Read more »

Waters Calls on Appropriators to Address the Nation’s Homelessness Crisis

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Following the House passage of a $2.7 trillion budget deal, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, sent a letter to senior Members of the House Committee on Appropriations, applauding their recent bipartisan agreement to lift FY2020 discretionary spending limits and requesting that the additional discretionary funds provided by the agreement be... Read more »

Waters Introduces FHA Foreclosure Prevention Act

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, introduced legislation that would help prevent foreclosures for borrowers with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgages by strengthening requirements for and increasing oversight of FHA mortgage servicers so that every homebuyer with an FHA mortgage is given a fair chance at avoiding foreclosu... Read more »

Waters on Proposed SunTrust and BB&T Merger: Many Questions Remain

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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 hearing entitled, “The Next Megabank? Examining the Proposed Merger of SunTrust and BB&T.” As Prepared for Delivery Good morning. Today we are here for a hearing on the proposed merger between SunTrust and BB&T. Our witnesses today are BB... Read more »

Committee Members Ask Hard-Hitting Questions, Facebook Offers Very Few Answers

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Yesterday, at a hearing entitled, “Examining Facebook’s Proposed Cryptocurrency and Its Impact on Consumers, Investors, and the American Financial System,” Committee Democrats asked David Marcus, Chief Executive Officer of Calibra, tough questions on Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency and digital wallet. “Both sides of the aisle came well prepared to ask significant questions,” said Rep. Maxine Wa... Read more »

Waters to Facebook: Today’s Hearing is Only the First Step in Our Oversight and Legislative Process

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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 hearing entitled, “Examining Facebook’s Proposed Cryptocurrency and Its Impact on Consumers, Investors, and the American Financial System.” As Prepared for Delivery Today we are here for a hearing on Facebook’s proposed digital currency, ... Read more »

Committee Passes 8 Bills to Protect Consumers and Investors

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Today, the House Financial Services Committee, held a markup of eight bills to benefit consumers and investors and strengthen disaster relief funding programs. See the Chairwoman’s opening statement here and the legislation below. H.R. 3621, the Student Borrower Credit Improvement Act, a bill that helps private student loan borrowers remove adverse information for certain defaulted or delinquent l... Read more »

Waters’ Opening Statement at Markup

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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 markup: As Prepared for Delivery Good morning. Today this Committee will mark up eight bills, and I am pleased to say that several of the bills we will take up today have bipartisan support. I am also proud to say that so far this Congres... Read more »

Waters and Sherman Amendment to NDAA Sanctioning Russia for 2018 Election Interference Passes House

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On Thursday, an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 offered by Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) and cosponsored by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services, passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The Sherman-Waters amendment would prohibit U.S. persons from trading in new Russian sovereign debt within 90 days of enactment... Read more »

Committee Passes Legislation to Reform the Credit Reporting System, Increase Diversity, and Strengthen Housing Protections

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Today, the House Financial Services Committee, held a markup of ten bills to reform the broken credit reporting system, increase diversity and inclusion efforts in the financial services sector, improve the homebuying process and preserve the affordability of rural housing. See the legislation below. H.R. 281, the Ensuring Diverse Leadership Act of 2019, a bill that would require the Federal Reser... Read more »

Waters Opening Statement at Markup

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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 markup: As Prepared for Delivery Good morning. Today we will mark up a set of bills on a range of issues, including credit reporting, housing, diversity and inclusion, and investor protection. I have long said that our credit reporting sy... Read more »

Committee Democrats Work to Reform Broken Credit Reporting System

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, will convene a full Committee markup that will include bills introduced by Committee Democrats to make critical reforms to the broken credit reporting system. This markup follows a February hearing entitled, “Who's Keeping Score? Holding Credit Bureaus Accountable and Repairing a Broken System,” where ... Read more »

Waters Asks Fed Chair: If You Got a Call From the President and He Said I’m Firing You, What Would You Do?

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Today, during the semiannual Humphrey-Hawkins hearing on monetary policy and the state of the economy, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, posed a question to Chairman Powell regarding what his response would be if President Trump called him and told him he was fired. See the exchange below. ### Read more »

Waters at Fed Hearing: Federal Reserve Independence is Essential

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, gave the following opening statement at the semiannual Humphrey-Hawkins hearing on monetary policy and the state of the economy with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. As Prepared for Delivery Today, this Committee convenes for a hearing on monetary policy and the state of the economy. Chairman Po... Read more »

House Passes Seven 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 Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee. H. Res. 456, Emphasizing the Importance of State Regulators, a bipartisan resolution emphasizing the investor protection and education missions of ... Read more »

Committee Democrats Call on Facebook to Halt Cryptocurrency Plans

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee; Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Chair of the Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets Subcommittee; Congressman William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Chairman of the Housing, Community Development and Insurance Subcommittee; Congressman Al Green (D-TX), Chairman of the Oversight and Investig... Read more »



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