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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 numbers. “I write today to share my profound disappointment a...

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 struggle to make e...

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 week, when t...

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 nominees The Federa...

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 solidarity w...

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 Boston Fed. Dr...

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 the effort in Con...

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 of Governor...

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; Jelena Mc...

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 together with this...

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 continue to wo...

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 Crises.” Thank y...

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 13 at 12:00 PM ET: The full Committ...

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 relevant regulat...

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 Fed’s Monetary Poli...

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 McWilliams and Vic...

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 (H.R. 1087), a bill by R...

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 inequities tha...

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 will be considering several bills by...

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 President Biden’s American Re...

Waters Urges Regulators Not to Weaken Big Bank Leverage and Capital Requirements

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, sent a letter to Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Vice Chair Randal Quarles, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chair Jelena McWilliams, and Acting Comptroller of the Currency Blake Paulson, urging their agencies to stop prioritizing the wishes of Wall Street over the public g...

Waters Announces Updates to March Hearing Schedule

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced the following updates to the hearing schedule for the month of March: March 10 at 10:00 AM ET: The full Committee will convene for a virtual hearing entitled, “Justice for All: Achieving Racial Equity Through Fair Access to Housing and Financial Services.” March 11 at 10:00 AM ET: The Subc...

Waters to Powell: The Fed Must Use All of the Tools at Its Disposal to Ensure an Equitable and Swift Recovery

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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.” Welcome back, Chair Powell. Since your last testimony before this Committee, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to have a devastating impact all across the country. Over 500,00...

Waters, Neal Joint Statement on Dangerous GOP Senate Provision in Coronavirus Negotiations 

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Today, House Committee on Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) issued the following statement as Senate Republicans demanded the inclusion of a dangerous provision from Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) in COVID-19 relief legislation that would hamstring the new Administration’s ability to recover from the economic crisis by elimin...

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...

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