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Waters Calls on Consumer Bureau Director to Explain Anti-Consumer Actions

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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, “Putting Consumers First? A Semi-Annual Review of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.” Today, this Committee convenes for a hearing on the Semiannual Report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Testifying today before t... Read more »

Committee Passes FY2020 Budget Views and Estimates

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Today, at a full Committee markup, the House Financial Services Committee adopted Budget Views and Estimates for Fiscal Year 2020. The Committee’s budget views were adopted along party lines by a vote of 33-24. During the markup, Democrats accepted four out of seven amendments offered by Republicans. See below for the opening statement given by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the... Read more »

Waters and Committee Democrats Stand Up for America’s Consumers

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, and Committee Democrats announced the reintroduction of H.R. 1500, the Consumers First Act, a bill to block the Trump Administration’s anti-consumer agenda and reverse their past efforts to undermine the mission of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Consumer Bureau). “I consider the Consumer ... Read more »

ICYMI: Waters Pushes for Greater Diversity in Asset Management

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, recently delivered the following remarks at the 22nd Annual Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit, where she addressed issues including the racial wealth gap and the lack of diversity in asset management. As Prepared for Delivery The Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project’s work to promote inclusion a... Read more »

Waters Statement at Historic Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee Hearing

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On Wednesday, the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion convened its first hearing, entitled “An Overview of Diversity Trends in the Financial Services Industry,” with Daniel Garcia-Diaz, Director, Financial Markets and Community Investment, U.S. Government Accountability Office. During the hearing, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House ... Read more »

Waters to Fed Chair: It is Critical that the Federal Reserve Remain Vigilant in Protecting this Economy

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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. Chairman Powell, welcome back to the Committee. I am concerned about some of the actions of President Trump and his Administration... Read more »

Waters Holds Credit Bureaus Accountable

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Today, at a full Committee hearing entitled, “Who's Keeping Score? Holding Credit Bureaus Accountable and Repairing a Broken System,” Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee gave the following statement. As Prepared for Delivery Today, this Committee convenes for a hearing on repairing the nation’s broken credit reporting system and holding the majo... Read more »

Chairwoman Waters Announces March 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 March. Wednesday, March 6 at 10:00 AM – The full Committee will convene a markup of FY2020 Budget Views and Estimates. Thursday, March 7 at 10:00 AM – The full Committee will convene a hearing entitled, “Putting Consumers First? A Semi-Annual Review... Read more »

Waters Pens Open Letter to CFPB Employees

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to the dedicated public servants of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Consumer Bureau), to address the challenges they have faced in the last two years and assure them that she will use the full range of the Committee’s oversight authorities to prevent any efforts to weaken the Co... Read more »

HOUSE CHAIRS TELL BARR THEY EXPECT MUELLER REPORT TO BE MADE PUBLIC

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Today, the chairs of six committees in the U.S. House of Representatives wrote to Attorney General William Barr to inform him of their expectation that he will make Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report public “without delay and to the maximum extent permitted by law.” The letter follows news reports that suggest the Special Counsel investigation is nearing an end. The letter was signed by House... Read more »

Waters Opening Statement at Historic Hearing on Homelessness

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, convened the first Committee hearing of the 116th Congress and the Committee’s first ever full Committee hearing on the issue of homelessness in this country. For years, Committee Democrats have worked to bring attention to the homelessness crisis and have put forth proactive solutions to address this ... Read more »

Waters Pushes for Committee Bipartisanship

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Today, in response to a letter from Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, invited the Ranking Member to work with Committee Democrats to enact meaningful change and address the many difficult problems facing our country today. “In the 116th Congress, the Committe... Read more »

Waters and Cleaver Express Concerns About Nomination of David Malpass to Lead World Bank

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy, issued the following statements on the nomination of David Malpass, Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, to serve as President of the World Bank.... Read more »

Waters Statement on Proposed SunTrust/BB&T Merger

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Today, following the announcement that SunTrust and BB&T plan to merge, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, made the following statement: “Last Congress, I and other Democrats warned that S.2155, which Republicans claimed to be a bill to benefit community banks, was in fact a broader deregulatory giveaway to large banks that would fuel merge... Read more »

Waters and Green Request Documents from Consumer Bureau on Recent Settlements

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, and Congressman Al Green (D-TX), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, wrote to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathy Kraninger to request documents relating to recent settlements that do not require companies that have violated the law to provide redress to con... Read more »

Waters Blasts CFPB Giveaway to Predatory Payday Loan Sharks

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Today, in response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s announcement that it is reconsidering its 2017 Payday, Small-Dollar, and Car Title rule that would put a stop to abusive payday loans, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement: “I am deeply troubled by the Consumer Bureau’s proposal to gut a much-needed r... Read more »

Chairwoman Waters Announces February 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 February. Tuesday, February 12 at 10:00 AM – The full Committee will convene a hearing entitled, “The Use of Sanctions and Economic Statecraft in Addressing U.S. National Security and Foreign Policy Challenges.” Wednesday, February 13 at 10:00 AM – ... Read more »

Waters Opposes HUD’s Efforts to Take Over New York’s Largest Public Housing Authority

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, expressing concerns with the agency’s efforts to enter the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) into receivership. “Every family deserves access to safe, decent, and affordable housing, and NYCHA’s residents are no exception,” th... Read more »

Waters Statement at First Committee Markup of 116th Congress

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Today, after commencing the first official meeting of the House Financial Services Committee in the 116th Congress, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, gave the following opening statement. As Prepared for Delivery Today marks the first official meeting of the Committee on Financial Services in the 116th Congress, convened to adopt the Committe... Read more »

House Passes Waters’ Resolution to Help Americans Affected by the Trump Shutdown

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, gave the following floor statement, on H. Res. 77, a resolution to encourage financial institutions, consumer reporting agencies, and other entities to do what they can to help consumers, including federal employees, contractors, small businesses, and other individuals affected by the Trump shutdown. A... Read more »

Chairwoman Waters Announces Subcommittee Assignments

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Following Thursday’s announcement of House Financial Services Subcommittee Chairs, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, announced Subcommittee assignments for the 116th Congress. Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Chair Congressman Brad Sherman (CA-30) Congressman D... Read more »

Committee Chairs Press Mnuchin for Documents on Sanctions Relief for Businesses Tied to Deripaska

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee; Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; and Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, sent a letter to Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, requesting all documents and records pertainin... Read more »

Democratic Committee Leaders Respond to the Trump Administration’s Lifting of Sanctions on Russian Businesses Tied to Oleg Deripaska

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Today, House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement after the Treasury Department lifted sanctions against companies tied to Russian oligarch Ol... Read more »

Waters Floor Statement on Bipartisan Legislation to Investigate Abuses of Financial Technology

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, gave the following floor statement on H.R. 56, the Financial Technology Protection Act, bipartisan legislation that would strengthen efforts to deter terrorist and illicit abuses of financial technology. As Prepared for Delivery I’m so pleased that this body will vote on H.R. 56, the Financial Technolo... Read more »

Waters Floor Statement in Support of Bipartisan Bill to Counter Drug and Sex Trafficking

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, gave the following floor statement on H.R. 502, the FIND Trafficking Act, bipartisan legislation which requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study how online marketplaces and virtual currencies are being used for sex and drug trafficking. As Prepared for Delivery Mr. Speaker, I support... Read more »



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