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Waters Applauds Consumer Bureau Rule to Enforce Protections Against Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) announcement that it will interpret the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) to prohibit lending discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. “Over the past several years, the Trump Administ... Read more »

Waters Provides Recommendations to President-Elect Biden on Trump Actions to Reverse

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, sent a letter to President-Elect Joseph R. Biden, providing recommendations on areas where the Biden Administration should immediately reverse the actions of the Trump Administration, and several actions that the Biden Administration can immediately take to coordinate the federal response to COVID-1... Read more »

Waters Demands Regulators Cease and Desist from Finalizing Midnight Rules Until President-Elect Biden Assumes Presidency

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Committee on Financial Services, sent a letter to agencies within the Committee’s jurisdiction calling on them to cease and desist from finalizing any “midnight rulemakings” or other administrative actions until President-Elect Joseph R. Biden is sworn into office on January 20, 2021. “On November 3, 2020, the American people spoke with ... Read more »

Waters, House Chairs Seek Accounting of Political Appointees Burrowing into Career Positions at Dozens of Agencies

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, and other House Committee Chairs sent a letter to 61 federal agencies requesting information on conversions of political appointees to civil service positions during the Trump Administration. “Protecting the nonpartisan expertise of the career civil service is essential to the safety and security of... Read more »

Waters, House Committee Chairs Send Dozens of Letters Directing White House and Federal Agencies to Preserve Documents

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, and other Committee Chairs across the House of Representatives sent letters directing the White House and more than 50 federal agencies within their jurisdictions to comply with federal record-keeping laws and preserve information responsive to congressional subpoenas and investigations. “As the Tru... Read more »

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 »

Chairwoman Waters Announces Additional July Hearings

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced the following additional hearings in the month of July: July 23 at 10:30 AM – The full Committee will convene for a hearing entitled, “The Heroes Act: Providing for a Strong Economic Recovery from COVID-19." This hearing will convene in a “hybrid” format, which provides for remote Member p... Read more »

Waters Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Curb Consumer Bureau’s Independence

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, made the following statement regarding the Supreme Court decision in Seila Law LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. “This decision from the Supreme Court diminishes the independence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Consumer Bureau) by allowing the President to fire its director w... Read more »

Waters Leads Letters Calling on Regulators and Financial Institutions to Protect Americans and the Financial System from Impact of Coronavirus

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, led six letters to Administration officials, prudential regulators, financial services organizations and credit reporting agencies expressing concerns about risks related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the steps they are taking to prevent Americans and the financial system from being harmed... Read more »

Waters to Wells Fargo Board Members: Resignations Do Not Absolve You of Your Failures

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, delivered the following opening statement at a full Committee hearing entitled, “Holding Wells Fargo Accountable: Examining the Role of the Board of Directors in the Bank’s Egregious Pattern of Consumer Abuses.” As Prepared for Delivery Today, we receive testimony from Elizabeth Duke and James Quigley,... 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 »

Chairwoman Waters Announces February Committee Schedule

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, announced several hearings for the month of February: February 5 at 10:00 AM – The full Committee will convene for a hearing entitled, “Rent-A-Bank Schemes and New Debt Traps: Assessing Efforts to Evade State Consumer Protections and Interest Rate Caps.” February 5 at 2:00 PM – The Subcommittee on Hous... Read more »

Waters Statement on Kraninger’s Decision to Weaken an Essential Agency Enforcement Power

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s policy statement on the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act’s prohibition of unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices (UDAAP) in the consumer financial marketplace. “The Consumer Bureau is t... 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 Calls Out Kraninger for Politicizing Consumer Bureau

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to Kathleen Kraninger, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, expressing concerns regarding reports that a Trump Administration political appointee, Thomas G. Ward, is the lead candidate for the Enforcement Director position at the Consumer Bureau. “The potential selection ... Read more »

Committee Passes Legislation to Crack Down on Predatory Debt Collectors and Support Veterans and Servicemembers

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Today, the House Financial Services Committee passed eight bills to help veterans experiencing homelessness, protect servicemembers from harassment by debt collectors, and prevent predatory debt collection practices to help consumers and small businesses. See the Chairwoman’s opening statement here and the legislation below. The Ending Debt Collection Harassment Act of 2019 (H.R. 5021), a bill by ... Read more »

Waters to Kraninger: You Are Undermining Protections for Consumers

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Today, at a hearing entitled “Who Is Standing Up for Consumers? A Semi-Annual Review of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Committee on Financial Services, gave the following opening statement: Good morning. Today, we are here to receive the semi-annual report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and hear testimony from its Direc... Read more »

Committee Staff Report Documents Trump-Appointees' Efforts to Leave Consumers High and Dry

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Committee on Financial Services, released a Majority staff report entitled, “Settling for Nothing: How Kraninger’s CFPB Leaves Consumers High and Dry.” According to the report, Trump-appointed leadership, including Director Kathleen Kraninger, have failed consumers by undermining the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (Consumer Burea... Read more »

Waters and 101 Members Blast CFPB Giveaways to Predatory Payday Lenders

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, and 101 Members of Congress sent a letter to Kathy Kraninger, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Consumer Bureau), calling on her to reconsider the Consumer Bureau’s final rule to delay the original August 19, 2019 compliance date for the 2017 Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain Hi... 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 »

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 »

Waters, Velázquez and 63 Democrats Blast CFPB’s HMDA Rollback

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) and 63 Democratic Members of Congress sent a letter to Kathy Kraninger, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Consumer Bureau), demanding that she immediately rescind proposals that would limit critical lending information collected under the Home Mo... Read more »

House Passes Consumers First Act

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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1500, the Consumers First Act, legislation introduced by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, 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). The bill passed by a ... Read more »

Waters Floor Statement on Her Legislation to Put Consumers First

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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider 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). See Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, floor statement below. As Pr... Read more »

Waters Applauds Overdue Departure of Blankenstein from CFPB

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Today, after the overdue announcement that Eric Blankenstein, Policy Associate Director for the Supervision, Enforcement and Fair Lending Division at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Consumer Bureau), will be leaving the agency, Chairwoman Waters issued the following statement: “When Director Kraninger appeared before the Committee in March, I asked her about the past racist writings of t... Read more »



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