Skip to Content

Press Releases

Committee on Financial Services Passes Eight Bills to Keep Up with Evolving Financial Marketplace, Stand Up for Vulnerable Communities

| Posted in Press Releases

Today, the House Financial Services Committee, led by Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), passed eight bills to keep up with an ever-changing marketplace by modernizing our regulatory framework, closing loopholes and ensuring robust oversight, along with bills to promote financial inclusion, expand access to affordable financial services, promote impactful community development and care for those exp...

Waters Urges President Biden to Cancel $50,000 of Student Loan Debt for Each Borrower to Help Close Racial Wealth Gap

| Posted in Press Releases

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee sent a letter to President Biden urging him to cancel $50,000 in student debt for each borrower without delay, which would provide much needed relief to millions of borrowers-- especially Millennial, Gen Z, and borrowers of color-- who are unable to realize major life milestones due to the burden of stu...

Waters Opening Statement at May Full Committee Markup

| Posted in Press Releases

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following opening statement at a full Committee markup. This Congress, I am so very proud of how Committee Democrats have consistently pushed legislation that reflects our values: bills that put consumers first despite opposition from highly paid lobbyists and big corporations; that invest ...

Waters Announces Update to May Committee Schedule

| Posted in Press Releases

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced the following update to the schedule for the month of May: UPDATED - Tuesday, May 17 at 12:00 PM ET (and subsequent days if necessary): The full Committee will convene for a hybrid markup. Tuesday, May 24 at 12:00 PM ET: The Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion will convene for a virtua...

Waters Delivers Statement at First Conference Committee Meeting on the America COMPETES Act

| Posted in Press Releases

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services and Conference Committee member of the America COMPETES Act of 2022, delivered the following statement at the first Conference Committee meeting on H.R. 4521, the America COMPETES Act, which includes several key provisions led by the Financial Services Committee: Thank you very much, Chair Cantwell, ...

Waters Applauds Confirmation of Federal Reserve Nominees

| Posted in Press Releases

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement following the confirmation of four nominees to the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors: “For years I have said that the leaders of the Federal Reserve must represent the diversity of the public they serve. Considerable progress toward this was made this week, when t...

Waters Delivers Opening Statement at Full Committee Hearing on the Annual Report of the Financial Stability Oversight Council

| Posted in Press Releases

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement at a full Committee hearing entitled, “The Annual Report of the Financial Stability Oversight Council.” Good morning, and welcome Secretary Yellen. Thank you for testifying today on the annual report of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, or FSOC. Before the 2008 financi...

Waters Secures House Passage of Nine Bipartisan Financial Services Bills

| Posted in Press Releases

Today, Chairwoman Maxine Waters secured passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of nine bipartisan bills The Fair Hiring in Banking Act (H.R. 5911), a bill by Representative Joyce Beatty (D-OH). This bill would expand employment opportunities at banks and credit unions by reducing barriers to employment based on past minor criminal offenses. The bill specifically provides an exception for cer...

Waters Delivers Opening Statement at Subcommittee Hearing Examining the Bond Rating Industry

| Posted in Press Releases

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement at a Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets hearing entitled, “A Notch Above? Examining the Bond Rating Industry.” Thank you so very much, Chair Sherman, for holding this very timely hearing. I am so pleased with the leadership that you...

Waters Announces May Committee Schedule

| Posted in Press Releases

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced the following schedule for the month of May: Wednesday, May 11 at 10:00 AM ET: The Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets will convene for a hybrid hearing entitled, “A Notch Above? Examining the Bond Rating Industry.” Thursday, May 12 at 10:00 AM ET: The...

Waters at Semi-Annual Full Committee Hearing Overseeing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: “The CFPB Is Finally Back on Track”

| Posted in Press Releases

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement at a full Committee hearing entitled, “Consumers First: Semi-Annual Report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.” Good morning. Today, we welcome Mr. Rohit Chopra, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, before our Committee. Under your leadership, I’m plea...

Waters Statement on Positive COVID Test Result

| Posted in Press Releases

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement after receiving a positive result for COVID-19. “Today, I have received a positive test result for COVID. I am currently isolating and have no symptoms. I am following all protocols as recommended by the Office of the Attending Physician and CDC guidance. I am gratef...

Waters Statement on Appointment to Conference Committee for America COMPETES Act

| Posted in Press Releases

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement after being named a Member of the House who will go to conference with the Senate over the House’s America COMPETES Act of 2022: “I am pleased to be appointed by Speaker Pelosi as a member of the conference committee for the America COMPETES Act of 2022. This biparti...

Waters Applauds Nomination of Jaime Lizárraga to Serve as SEC Commissioner

| Posted in Press Releases
Tags: SEC

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement on the nomination of Jaime Lizárraga to serve as a Commissioner at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): “I applaud and congratulate the nomination of Jaime Lizárraga to serve as an SEC commissioner. Throughout Jaime’s decades of work in Congress, including r...

Waters Delivers Opening Statement at Annual Full Committee Hearing with Treasury Secretary Yellen on the State of the International Financial System

| Posted in Press Releases

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement at a full Committee hearing entitled, “The Annual Testimony of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of the International Financial System.” I would like to welcome Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen who today is presenting testimony for the first time on the state of...

Waters Delivers Opening Statement at Subcommittee Hearing Examining the Enduring Legacy of Slavery in Financial Institutions

| Posted in Press Releases

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement at a Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hybrid hearing entitled, “An Enduring Legacy: The Role of Financial Institutions in the Horrors of Slavery and the Need for Atonement.” Thank you very much, Chair Green. Financial services institutions played a powerful r...

Waters Delivers Opening Statement at Subcommittee Hearing Examining the Movement to End Overdraft Fees

| Posted in Press Releases

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement at a Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions hybrid hearing entitled, “The End of Overdraft Fees? Examining the Movement to Eliminate the Fees Costing Consumers Billions.” Thank you so very much, Chair Perlmutter. For far too long, banks have been...

Waters Delivers Opening Statement at Subcommittee Hearing on the Role of America’s Stock Exchanges in Our Economy

| Posted in Press Releases

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement at a Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets hybrid hearing entitled, “Oversight of America’s Stock Exchanges: Examining Their Role in Our Economy.” Thank you very much, Mr. Sherman, for holding this hearing. In the United States, there ...

Waters Announces April Committee Schedule

| Posted in Press Releases

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced the following schedule for the month of April: Tuesday, April 5 at 2:00 PM ET: The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will convene for a hybrid hearing entitled, “An Enduring Legacy: The Role of Financial Institutions in the Horrors of Slavery and the Need for Atonement.” Wednes...

Waters Delivers Opening Statement at Full Committee Hearing Examining Home Appraisal Bias and Discrimination 

| Posted in Press Releases

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement at a full Committee hybrid hearing entitled, “Devalued, Denied, and Disrespected: How Home Appraisal Bias and Discrimination Are Hurting Homeowners and Communities of Color.” Today, we will take a closer look at discrimination of homeowners and communities of color in th...

Waters Announces Updates to March Committee Schedule

| Posted in Press Releases

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced the following schedule updates for the month of March: March 29 at 10:00 AM ET: The full Committee will convene for a hybrid hearing entitled, “Devalued, Denied, and Disrespected: How Home Appraisal Bias and Discrimination Are Hurting Homeowners and Communities of Color.” POSTPONED – Marc...

Chairwoman Waters Sends Letter to the Financial and Commercial Industry Over Russian Disinvestment

| Posted in Press Releases

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to trade associations representing thousands of American firms from the financial and commercial industry, requesting detailed information on the actions that America’s financial institutions and businesses have taken to end their relationships and engagements in Russia and with businesse...

Chairwoman Waters and Congresswoman Beatty Send Letter to Insurance Companies Requesting Diversity and Inclusion Data

| Posted in Press Releases

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Chair of the Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion, sent letters to the largest property, casualty and life insurance companies that receive $7 billion in direct premiums or more each year, requesting diversity and inclusion data to examine America’s insurance industry...

Waters Announces Updates to March Committee Schedule

| Posted in Press Releases

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced the following schedule updates for the month of March: NEW - March 29 at 10:00 AM ET: The full Committee will convene for a hybrid hearing entitled, “Devalued, Denied, and Disrespected: How Home Appraisal Bias and Discrimination Are Hurting Homeowners and Communities of Color.” March 30 at...

Waters, Casten and Vargas Applaud SEC’s Approval of Proposed Rule on Climate

| Posted in Press Releases

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, Representatives Sean Casten (D-IL) and Juan Vargas (D-CA) announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved a proposed rule requiring climate-related disclosures by public companies. The proposed rule that the SEC released today responds to significant demand from retail and institut...

Back to top