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ICYMI: Chairwoman Waters Presses Nation’s Regulators on FTX Collapse, Efforts to Protect Communities

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, convened a full committee hearing entitled, “Oversight of Prudential Regulators: Ensuring the Safety, Soundness, Diversity, and Accountability of Depository Institutions.” As it stands, America’s workers, small businesses, and communities are feeling the impacts of persistent inflation, an…

Waters Delivers Opening Statement at Full Committee Hearing on Oversight of Prudential Regulators

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, delivered the following statement at a full Committee hearing entitled, “Oversight of Prudential Regulators: Ensuring the Safety, Soundness, Diversity, and Accountability of Depository Institutions.”  Good morning, everyone. I would like to welcome Vice Chair Barr, Acting Chairman…

Waters Announces November Committee Schedule

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced the following schedule for the month of November:  Tuesday, November 15 at 10 a.m. ET: The Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance will convene for a hybrid hearing entitled, “Persistent Poverty in America: Addressing Chronic Disinvestment in…

Chairwoman Waters Warns Chair Powell About Consequences of Interest Rates Hike, Urges Extreme Caution to Avoid Recession

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Following the Federal Reserve’s recent decision to increase the federal funds rate by 0.75 percent to a target range of 3.75 percent to 4 percent – marking the sixth consecutive rate hike and the fourth consecutive super-sized rate hike in just the past eight months – today Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to Federal…

Chairwoman Waters and 76 House Democrats Urge Regulators to Strengthen Community Reinvestment Act Rules, End Redlining

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, led a letter with 76 Democratic Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to the leaders of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Fed), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). The letter urges the regulators to consider…

Chairwoman Waters Calls on Regulators to Hold Wells Fargo Accountable for Continued Troubling Patterns and Practices of Anti-Consumer Behavior

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to regulators last week, urging them to investigate recent allegations that Wells Fargo denied Black refinancing applicants when interest rates were at their lowest and hosted “mock” interviews with diverse candidates to pad diversity…

Waters Delivers Opening Statement at Semiannual Full Committee Hearing with the Federal Reserve: “Republicans Can Talk About the Problems, but They Have Zero Solutions”

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement at the semiannual full Committee hearing entitled, “Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy.” Welcome back, Chair Powell, and congratulations on your confirmation as Chair of the Fed. Since you last came before the Committee, Americans continue to…

Waters Applauds Confirmation of Federal Reserve Nominees

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement following the confirmation of four nominees to the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors: “For years I have said that the leaders of the Federal Reserve must represent the diversity of the public they serve. Considerable progress toward this was made this…

ICYMI: Waters, Adams, and Beatty Author Op-Ed Urging Senate Republicans to End Their Block of Well Qualified Federal Reserve Nominees

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This week, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC), and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH), released an op-ed on the need to confirm President Biden’s nominees to the Federal Reserve. See the full piece on The Hill or below. Senate Republicans must end their block of well qualified Federal Reserve…

Waters Delivers Opening Statement at Semiannual Full Committee Hearing with the Federal Reserve

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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, “Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy.” I want to start by reiterating that I join with President Biden and our allies in condemning Russia’s shameful, premeditated, and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. I stand in…

Waters Applauds Selection of Susan Collins as new president of the Boston Federal Reserve

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, released a statement applauding the Boston Federal Reserve board for its selection of the first Black woman to serve as the president of a regional Federal Reserve Bank. “I applaud the Boston Federal Reserve board of directors for announcing Dr. Susan Collins as the next president of the…

Waters and Warner Urge the Federal Reserve to Provide Guidance to Maximize Impact of Investments to Support Diverse and Mission-Driven Community Financial Institutions

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) sent a letter to Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell to urge the Federal Reserve to provide guidance as soon as possible to Subchapter S and Mutual bank Emergency Capital Investment Program (ECIP) recipients on concerns they raised. Chairwoman Waters led…

Waters Applauds Nominations of Sarah Bloom Raskin, Lisa Cook, and Philip Jefferson to Leadership Roles in the Federal Reserve

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, released a statement applauding President Biden’s nomination of Sarah Bloom Raskin, Lisa Cook, and Philip Jefferson to key leadership roles within the Federal Reserve. “I am pleased that President Biden has decided to nominate Sarah Bloom Raskin to be Vice Chair for Supervision of the Board…

Waters and Foster Urge Regulators to Ensure Algorithmic Bias Does Not Occur in Emerging Technology

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee and Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL), Chair of the Task Force on Artificial Intelligence, sent a letter to Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Federal Reserve System; Todd Harper, Chairman of the National Credit Union Administration; Rohit Chopra, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau;…

Waters Calls on President Biden and Directors to Consider Diverse, Transformative Leaders for Federal Reserve Vacancies

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement regarding President Biden’s imminent decision to name top leadership positions at the Federal Reserve: “President Biden is expected to announce his nominees soon for Federal Reserve Chair and other key leadership roles on the Board of Governors. Taken…

Waters Opening Statement at Full Committee Hearing on the Treasury Department’s and Federal Reserve’s Pandemic Response

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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 hybrid hearing entitled, “Oversight of the Treasury Department’s and Federal Reserve’s Pandemic Response.” Welcome back, Secretary Yellen and Chair Powell. As this pandemic continues, the Biden Administration and Congressional Democrats…

Waters on Reviewing the Federal Reserve’s Emergency Lending Powers: We Must Ensure the Fed’s Actions Reach Main Street

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement at a Subcommittee on National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy hybrid hearing, entitled, “Lending in a Crisis: Reviewing the Federal Reserve’s Emergency Lending Powers During the Pandemic and Examining Proposals to Address Future Economic…

Waters Announces September Committee Schedule

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced the following schedule for the month of September: September 10 at 12:00 PM ET: The full Committee will convene for a virtual hearing entitled: “Protecting Renters During the Pandemic: Reviewing Reforms to Expedite Emergency Rental Assistance.” September…

Waters Applauds President Biden’s Executive Order to Examine Bank Merger Practices, Urges Federal Reserve to Strengthen Merger Reviews

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement on President Biden’s recent executive order encouraging the Department of Justice and prudential regulators to examine bank merger practices. “I am very pleased that President Biden took the important step of encouraging the Department of Justice and…

Waters at Hearing on the State of the Economy: The Fed Must Play a Central Role in This Economic Transformation

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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 virtual hearing entitled, “Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy.” First, I would like to welcome back, Chair Powell. We’re delighted to have you with us here today. Much has happened since the last time you testified on the…

Waters Opening Statement at Hearing on Oversight of Prudential Regulators

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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 virtual hearing entitled, “Oversight of Prudential Regulators: Ensuring the Safety, Soundness, Diversity, and Accountability of Depository Institutions.”  Welcome, Chairman Harper and Acting Comptroller Hsu, and welcome back Chairman…

Committee Passes Legislation to Advance Racial Equity, Protect Consumers, and Improve Disclosures by Public Companies

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Today, the House Financial Services Committee passed eight bills, including legislation to advance racial and economic justice, promote equity in the financial system, ensure consumers are not exposed to abusive debt collection practices, and provide key material information to investors. The bills passed by the Committee include. The Shareholder Political Transparency Act…

House Financial Services Committee Passes Waters Bill on Racial and Economic Equity, Warren and Gillibrand Introduce Senate Companion

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Today, the Financial Services Committee passed legislation introduced by Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) to require the Federal Reserve to use its existing authorities to close racial employment and wage gaps and report on how the gaps change over time. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced companion legislation in the Senate to address the…

Waters Delivers Opening Statement at Full Committee Markup

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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 hybrid markup.  Good morning. Today, we are here to mark up a series of important measures.     I am very pleased that, following the Committee’s hearing in March on racial justice and racial equity, today the Committee…

Waters at Hearing with Yellen and Powell: We Must Ensure That There is a Sustained and Equitable Recovery

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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 virtual hearing entitled, “Oversight of the Treasury Department’s and Federal Reserve’s Pandemic Response.”  I’d like to welcome Secretary Yellen and Chair Powell.  I am very pleased that, with Democrats’ passage of…

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