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Waters Blasts Senate Republicans’ Vote to Abet Redlining By Blocking Resolution Reversing Harmful Community Reinvestment Act Rule

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, issued the following statement after H.J. Res 90, a Congressional Review Act resolution introduced by Chairwoman Waters and Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Chair of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions, to reverse the harmful Community Reinvestment Act rule finalized ... Read more »

Waters Statement on Trump Administration’s Latest Weak COVID-19 Relief Proposal

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s inadequate COVID-19 relief proposal: “The Trump Administration’s coronavirus relief proposal fails America’s most vulnerable working families, who are losing their lives and livelihoods to this devastating pandemic. After five months of inaction a... Read more »

Committee Democrats’ Legislation Included in Updated House COVID-19 Package

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, made the following statement during floor debate on the updated Heroes Act: “Democrats have been working every single day to respond to this pandemic and provide much-needed relief and protections for families across the country,” said Chairwoman Waters. “139 days ago, House Democrats voted to pass the Her... Read more »

Waters Urges SEC to Rescind Proposed Amendments that Reduce Capital Market Transparency

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton, urging the SEC to rescind harmful proposed amendments to rule 13-F and rule 13f-1 of the of the Securities and Exchange Act which would reduce transparency in capital markets. “I have encouraged the Securities and Exchange ... Read more »

Waters, Leahy Call on GAO to Review Sustainability of World Bank’s International Development Association’s New Financing Model

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting it analyze the International Development Association’s financing model, financial viability, and risk management. “To assist the Congress in carryin... Read more »

Waters Floor Statement on Updated Heroes Act: "It’s Time for Republicans to Stop Blocking Coronavirus Relief and Support This Legislation.”

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, gave the following floor statement in support of the updated Heroes Act: Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the House Amendment to H.R. 925, the updated version of the Heroes Act. Mr. Speaker, Democrats have been working every single day to respond to this pandemic and provide much-needed relief ... Read more »

Waters Slams Trump Administration for Using Pandemic Funding Allocated for PPE for Defense Spending

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, gave the following statement regarding reports that the Trump Administration -used funding allocated by Congress for the pandemic response for unrelated defense purposes: “The Trump Administration has failed to use the funding provided by Congress to produce medical equipment and supplies to protect th... Read more »

Waters Floor Statement in Support of Uyghur Forced Labor Disclosure Act: “We Must All Stand up Against the Unjust and Inhumane Treatment of the Uyghurs and Push China to End This Brutality Once and for All.”

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following floor statement in support of the Uyghur Forced Labor Disclosure Act of 2020, introduced by Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), which passed on a bipartisan vote of 253-163. I rise in strong support of H.R. 6270, the Uyghur Forced Labor Disclosure Act of 2020, important legisla... Read more »

Waters Calls on Trump Administration to Rescind Rule that Makes It Harder to Prove Discrimination in Housing

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, issued the following statement after Ben Carson, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the department’s final rule on the disparate impact standard under the Fair Housing Act. “The Trump Administration has been relentless in its attacks on the Fair Housing Act, a law... Read more »

Waters Blasts Wells Fargo CEO’s Remarks on Recruiting Diverse Executives

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement regarding Wells Fargo CEO Charles Scharf’s remarks on the recruitment of Black executives. "Charlie Scharf’s comments—spoken to Wells Fargo employees in June and then later memorialized in a memo to them—are sadly familiar to Black people who work in the financial service... Read more »

House Passes Ten Bipartisan Financial Services Bills

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This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed ten financial services bills, including legislation to support diversity in community banking, protect investors and consumer from pandemic-related fraud, combat trafficking, and promote more flexible CARES Act funding. The bills passed include: The Ensuring Diversity in Community Banking Act (H.R. 5322) a bill by Representative Gregory Meeks (D-... Read more »

Waters at Oversight Hearing on Pandemic Response: The Trump Administration Has Utterly Failed in Its Economic Response to This Virus

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, gave the following statement at a full Committee hearing entitled, “Oversight of the Treasury Department’s and Federal Reserve’s Pandemic Response.” Welcome back, Chair Powell and Secretary Mnuchin. Since you last testified before this Committee in June, the coronavirus crisis has continued to have a c... Read more »

Chairwoman Waters Announces Update to September Hearing Schedule

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced the following update to the hearing schedule for the month of September: POSTPONED – The Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy hybrid hearing entitled, “An Examination of the Administration’s Implementation of Statutory Reforms to the Committee o... Read more »

Waters Statement on the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Inadequate Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement at a full Committee hearing entitled, “Prioritizing Fannie’s and Freddie’s Capital over America’s Homeowners and Renters? A Review of the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Today, this Committee convenes for a hearing to conduct oversigh... Read more »

Waters, Maloney, and Beatty Statement on Release of GAO Report They Requested Examining Diversity and Inclusion at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion, issued the following statements on a new Government Accountability Office (GA... Read more »

Waters Statement on Announcement of New Citigroup CEO

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, made the following statement in response to Citigroup’s announcement of a new chief executive officer. “Earlier this year, I and Congresswoman Beatty, Chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee’s historic Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion which I created, released a report on the diversity... Read more »

Waters Delivers Statement on Need to Save Our States as Trump and Senate Republicans Fail to Act

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, gave the following statement at a full Committee hearing entitled “The Need for Financial Aid to America’s States and Territories During the Pandemic: Supporting First Responders, Assisting Schools in Their Efforts to Safely Educate, and Preventing Mass Layoffs.” As Prepared For Delivery The coronaviru... Read more »

Waters: Trump Action Introduces Potential Criminal Penalties for Millions of Renters on Brink of Eviction

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, made the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement regarding a temporary halt on some residential evictions. “Instead of working with Democrats to pass the Heroes Act, the Trump Administration has resorted to threatening criminal penalties and even imprisonment for r... Read more »

Chairwoman Waters Announces September Hearing Schedule

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced the following virtual and hybrid hearings for the month of September: September 8 at 12:00 PM – The Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion will convene for a virtual hearing entitled, “Holding Financial Regulators Accountable for Diversity and Inclusion: Perspectives from the Offices of M... Read more »

Waters Slams Carson's So-Called Eviction Moratorium Which Does Not Protect Renters from Eviction

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to a foreclosure and eviction moratorium extension announced by Ben Carson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). “Once again, the Trump administration has failed to provide the necessary help to renters in the middle of this... Read more »

Waters Calls on FHFA to Scrap Unnecessary Refinance Penalty

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement following the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) announcement that it would delay its recently announced adverse market fee for refinance mortgages: “Just two weeks ago, Director Calabria approved an outrageous penalty, in the middle of a pandemic and an economic recession... Read more »

Waters and Clay Slam New Adverse Market Fee That Could Cost Homeowners Thousands of Additional Dollars

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, and Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development and Insurance, issued the following statement after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (The Enterprises) announced that refinance mortgage loans sold to them after September 1 will include a new adverse-market... Read more »

GAO Study Requested by Waters Confirms Homelessness Much Worse Than Previously Reported

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, issued the following statement after the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report entitled, “Homelessness: Better HUD Oversight of Data Collection Could Improve Estimates of Homeless Population,” following Waters’ 2018 request for a comprehensive study on the state of homelessne... Read more »

Waters Releases One-Pager on Trump’s Executive Order on Housing, Sets the Record Straight

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, released a one-pager addressing frequently asked questions regarding Donald Trump’s misleading Executive Order on housing, issued on August 8, 2020. See below or click here for the full text of the one-pager. Q. Does this Executive Order (EO) provide an eviction moratorium? A. NO. Instead, the EO mere... Read more »

Waters Responds to Empty Trump Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to Trump’s issuance of several executive orders and presidential memoranda: “Today, Trump issued four highly questionable executive orders and presidential memoranda on payroll taxes, student loans, unemployment insurance, and evictions. These announcements, s... Read more »



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