Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

Waters to Kraninger: Your Actions Are a Betrayal of Consumers

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following opening statement at a full Committee hearing entitled, “Protecting Consumers During the Pandemic? An Examination of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.” As Prepared for Delivery I would like to welcome Director Kraninger to what I hope will be her last appearance before thi... Read more »

Waters Remarks on 10th Anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Act

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, gave the following remarks at an event commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the signing of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Thank you very much and thank you for that very generous introduction. I am so pleased and delighted that I was asked to participate today in the 1... Read more »

Waters to Kraninger: America Needs Better From You

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, delivered the following opening statement during a full Committee hearing entitled, “Protecting Consumers or Allowing Consumer Abuse? A Semi-Annual Review of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.” As Prepared for Delivery Today, we welcome back Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathy... Read more »

Waters Statement on Regulators' Ongoing Efforts to Weaken the Volcker Rule

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement on yet another attempt by prudential regulators to weaken the Volcker Rule. “Just weeks after the passing of Paul Volcker, prudential regulators are once again working overtime to weaken a regulation that he fought tirelessly for by allowing banks to gamble with taxpayer ... Read more »

Waters Statement on House Amicus Brief in Seila Law v. CFPB

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, made the following statement on the amicus brief filed this week by the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s independent single-director structure. “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created by the Dodd-Frank Wall ... Read more »

Waters to Lead Trip with Committee Dems to Public FDIC Meeting on Proposed CRA Rule

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, announced that she plans to lead a delegation of the Committee in attending a public meeting of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) Board of Directors, which consists of FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams, Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Direc... Read more »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

ICYMI: At Hearing with Megabank CEOs, Committee Democrats Ask Hard-Hitting Questions

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Yesterday, at a hearing entitled, “Holding Megabanks Accountable: A Review of Global Systemically Important Banks 10 years after the Financial Crisis,” Committee Democrats asked the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of seven of the nation’s largest financial institutions tough questions on behalf of hardworking consumers. Read below for 10 tough questions Committee Democrats asked the CEOs to answer... Read more »

Waters Calls on Megabank CEOs to Serve Millennials Struggling with Student Debt

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Today, at a full Committee hearing with the CEOs of seven of the nation’s largest financial institutions, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, called for megabanks to craft a solution to help Americans saddled with student loan debt to achieve economic goals such as homeownership. “I’m going to ask you in all that you do to think about all that ... Read more »

Waters at Hearing with Megabank CEOs: Megabanks Have Treated Fines as Cost of Doing Business

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following opening statement at hearing entitled, “Holding Megabanks Accountable: A Review of Global Systemically Important Banks 10 years after the Financial Crisis.” Today, this Committee convenes for a hearing on the U.S. Global Systemically Important Banks (GSIBs). Before us today as wit... Read more »

Chairwoman Waters: It’s a New Day

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Following her first policy speech as Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), sat down for a brief discussion where she outlined her plans as Chairwoman in the 116th Congress and addressed a wide range of important issues, including consumer protection, affordable housing, diversity and inclusion, working across the aisle, and the racial wealth gap.... Read more »

Waters Outlines Agenda in First Policy Speech as Committee Chairwoman

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, delivered the following remarks during her first policy speech in the 116th Congress: As Prepared for Delivery Thank you for the very warm welcome, and to the Center for American Progress for holding this event. CAP’s research and policy work are highly respected and a valued resource for Members of... Read more »

Waters Chosen by House Democrats to Be First Woman and African American to Chair Financial Services Committee

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) released the following statement after being approved by the Democratic Caucus to serve as the first woman and the first African American Chair of the House Financial Services Committee: “I am honored to have been selected by my colleagues to be the first Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee in the 116th Congress. Since 1995, I have served ... Read more »

Waters Statement on FOIA Release Revealing Unpublished Consumer Bureau Analysis on Bank Fees Charged to Students

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Today, in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) disclosure revealing a previously unreleased Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Consumer Bureau) analysis on excessive account fees charged to students by large banks, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, made the following statement: “It is deeply troubling that a previously unpublis... Read more »

Waters Statement on her Nomination as Financial Services Committee Chairwoman by Democratic Steering and Policy Committee

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Following her historic nomination by the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee as the first woman and African American to chair the House Committee on Financial Services, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), issued the following statement: “I am honored to have been nominated by the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee to serve as Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee in... Read more »

Waters Statement on the Confirmation of Kathy Kraninger to Head the CFPB

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Following the U.S. Senate confirmation of OMB Associate Director Kathy Kraninger to serve as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Consumer Bureau), Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, issued the following statement: “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was specifically designed by Congress to be an independent watchdog fo... Read more »

Waters Statement at Hearing with Vice Chairman for Supervision of the Federal Reserve

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement at a full Committee hearing on the Federal Reserve’s supervision and regulation of the financial system with Randal Quarles, Vice Chairman for Supervision, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. As Prepared for Delivery Mr. Chairman, this is the first hearing si... Read more »

Waters Leads Call for Committee to Investigate Failures to Protect Student Loan Borrowers at the CFPB

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services and 12 Members of Congress, sent a letter to Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, urging him to use the full range of the Committee’s oversight authorities to conduct a formal investigation into allegations raised by Seth Frotman, former Assistant... Read more »

Waters Statement on the 10th Anniversary of the 2008 Financial Crisis

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Today, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services, made the following statement: “The 2008 financial crisis was the worst financial disaster since the Great Depression, inflicting widespread, devastating costs on millions of American families,” said Ranking Member Waters. “Al... Read more »

Waters Statement on Bipartisan Legislation to Help Small Businesses and Protect Investors

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following floor statement in support of S.488, the JOBS and Investor Confidence Act of 2018, a bipartisan bill that facilitates access to capital for small businesses, increases protections for consumers and investors, fights the scourge of drug and human trafficking, and promotes finan... Read more »

Waters and Hensarling Unveil Bipartisan Capital Markets Reform Legislation

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services, and Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced that they have reached an agreement on a package of strong, bipartisan capital-formation legislation to help America’s small businesses and entrepreneurs and to protect investors. The package,... Read more »



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