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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 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 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, Gottheimer, Sherman, Foster, and Lynch Lead Call For SEC Investigation into Kodak; Cite Concern Over Insider Trading Related to Defense Production Act Deal

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Tags: SEC, COVID-19

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL), Chairman of the Task Force on Artificial Intelligence, and Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA), Chairman of ... Read more »

Waters Condemns Deregulatory Rulemakings at SEC During the Pandemic

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, sent a letter to Jay Clayton, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), reiterating her call for the agency to halt rulemakings unrelated to the pandemic. “At the beginning of the crisis, I called on all of our financial regulators, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, t... Read more »

Waters Calls on SEC and Treasury to Resist Efforts to Roll Back Protections for Non-Traditional Workers During COVID-19 Crisis

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On Wednesday, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, urging them to uphold safeguards put in place to protect non-traditional workers—such as contractors, freelancers, and those in the gig economy— during the Coronavirus pandemic. “Unsur... Read more »

During COVID-19 Crisis, Waters Calls on Treasury and SBA to Allow All Local, Community Financial Institutions to Participate in Program to Support Small Businesses

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and Jovita Carranza, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), urging them to ensure all financial institutions, including community banks, credit unions, minority depository institutions, and Commun... Read more »

Waters Leads Letter Urging SEC to Protect Investors and Promote International Transparency

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services; Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY), Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and C... 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 »

Committee Passes Major Housing and Capital Markets Legislation to Support Hardworking Americans

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Today, the House Financial Services Committee passed seven bills to benefit consumers, investors and the economy. The bills passed by the Committee include: H.R. 149, the Housing Fairness Act, a bill introduced by Congressman Al Green (D-TX), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which would authorize increased funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s F... Read more »

Committee Continues Efforts to Advance Legislation Benefiting Consumers and Investors

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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 markup to make housing more affordable and available, fight housing discrimination, and increase transparency and disclosures in the nation’s capital markets. As Prepared for Delivery In 2019, the Committee had a very productive year, and ad... Read more »

Waters and Brown Statement on SEC Proposals to Curtail Shareholder Rights

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the SEC’s proposed rules entitled, “Amendments to Exemptions from the Proxy Rules for Proxy Voting Advice” and “Procedural Requirements and Resubmission Thresh... Read more »

Waters and Brown Blast Regulators for Allowing More Risky Trading

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, sent a letter to heads of the Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and Commodity Fu... Read more »

Waters to SEC Commissioners: The SEC Is Not Fulfilling Its Mission as Wall Street’s Cop

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, gave the following opening statement at a full Committee hearing with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton and Commissioners Robert Jackson, Hester Peirce, Elad Roisman and Allison Herren Lee. As Prepared for Delivery Good morning. I want welcome back Chairman Clayton, and welc... 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 »

Waters to SEC: Put the Interests of Savers and Retirees First

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement on the announcement of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) final rule governing the standards of care owed by broker-dealers when providing retail investors with personalized investment recommendations: “The SEC’s final rule ignores the explicit will of Congres... Read more »

Committee Passes Bills to Promote Innovation, Strengthen the Financial System and Protect Consumers, Small Businesses and Investors

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This week, the House Financial Services Committee, held a markup of five bills and two resolutions to promote responsible innovation through financial technology, crack down on money laundering and illicit finance, protect small businesses and investors, and uphold consumer protections. See the legislation below. HR 1988, the Protect Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act of 2019, bipartisan legisl... Read more »

House Passes Bipartisan Financial Services Bills

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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the following bipartisan bills, offered by House Financial Services Committee Members in recognition of Financial Literacy Month. H. Res. 327, Encouraging Greater Public-Private Sector Collaboration to Promote Financial Literacy for Students and Young Adults, a resolution to encourage financial planning efforts among students and young adults. This l... Read more »

Chairwoman Waters on Why Tim Sloan’s Departure from Wells Fargo Is Long Overdue

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Tags: CFPB, SEC, OCC

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement in response to an announcement by Wells Fargo & Company that Tim Sloan would step down as CEO, President, and Board member, effective immediately. “I agree with Tim Sloan that it is best that he steps down. Tim Sloan has a 31-year history at Wells Fargo, and oversaw the... Read more »

Committee Passes Bills to End Homelessness, Benefit Consumers and Investors and Help Small Businesses and Financial Institutions

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This week, the House Financial Services Committee, held a markup of five bills to crack down on foreign corruption, uphold consumer protections, increase access to the financial system, protect retirement savers, and address the national homelessness crisis. See the legislation below. HR 389, Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Rewards Act, legislation that establishes a rewards program to incentivize indi... Read more »

Waters Floor Statement on Her Bipartisan Legislation to Curb Illegal Insider Trading

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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. 624, the Promoting Transparent Standards for Corporate Insiders Act, bipartisan legislation which requires the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to consider certain types of amendments to Rule 10b5-1 that would ensure corporate insiders are unable to in... Read more »

Waters and McHenry Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Curb Illegal Insider Trading

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, and Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced the introduction of H.R. 624, the Promoting Transparent Standards for Corporate Insiders Act, bipartisan legislation which requires the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to consider ... Read more »



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