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Waters Secures House Passage of Nine Bipartisan Financial Services Bills

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Today, Chairwoman Maxine Waters secured passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of nine bipartisan bills The Fair Hiring in Banking Act (H.R. 5911), a bill by Representative Joyce Beatty (D-OH). This bill would expand employment opportunities at banks and credit unions by reducing barriers to employment based on past minor criminal offenses. The bill specifically provides an exception for cer...

Waters Statement on Marty Gruenberg Becoming Acting FDIC Chairman

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced that FDIC board member, Martin Gruenberg, has become Acting Chair pursuant to the succession plan provided in the agency’s bylaws. “I want to congratulate Marty Gruenberg for being elevated to Acting Chair...

Waters Requests FDIC Chairman Provide Legal Basis for Impeding Board Majority’s Request for Public Input on Merger Reviews

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to Jelena McWilliams, Chairman of the FDIC, urging the FDIC Chairman to cite the legal authority she’s relying on in her attempt to block the FDIC Board Majority from seeking the public’s input on strengthening the bank merger review process. The letter also urges the FDIC Chairman to rec...

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 Urges Federal Agencies and Bank Regulators to Strengthen and Enforce Foreclosure Protections for Homeowners

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent two letters to federal agencies and banking regulators urging them to strengthen foreclosure and mortgage servicing protections for borrowers and provide greater oversight to prevent unnecessary foreclosures during the pandemic. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (...

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...

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 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 ...

Waters to Regulators: President-Elect Biden Has a Mandate to Protect Consumers and End Trump's Wall Street First Agenda

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee gave the following statement at a full Committee hearing entitled, “Oversight of Prudential Regulators: Ensuring the Safety, Soundness, Diversity, and Accountability of Depository Institutions during the Pandemic.” On November 3, America decisively rejected President Trump, his harmful policies, and his...

Waters and Meeks Introduce Congressional Review Act Resolution to Reverse Harmful Rule to Weaken the Community Reinvestment Act

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Chair of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions, introduced a Congressional Review Act resolution to reverse the harmful Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rule recently finalized by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Chairwoma...

Committee Holds Bipartisan Virtual Roundtable with Prudential Regulators

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Yesterday, the Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions Subcommittee held a virtual roundtable with prudential regulators entitled, “Update from Prudential Regulators.” The virtual roundtable panelists included: The Honorable Rodney Hood, Chairman, National Credit Union Administration The Honorable Jelena McWilliams, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation The Honorable Joseph Otting...

Committee to Hold Bipartisan Virtual Roundtable with Financial Regulators

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced that on Wednesday, May 13, Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions Subcommittee Chairman Gregory Meeks (D-NY) and Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) will host a virtual roundtable discussion entitled, “Update from Prudential Regulators.” Panelists for the virtual roundtable in...

Financial Services and Oversight Committee Chairs Seek Briefing on FDIC’s Readiness for Financial Crisis During Pandemic

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, sent a letter to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) seeking information on the agency’...

Committee Democrats Call on Regulators to Suspend CRA and Other Rulemakings Unrelated to COVID-19

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This week, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, led a letter to Joseph Otting, Comptroller of the Currency, and Jelena McWilliams, Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, urging them to prioritize a strong response to the COVID-19 pandemic and suspend efforts to revise the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and any unrelated rulemak...

Waters Urges FDIC Not to Grant ILC Charters Until Agency Finalizes Upcoming Rule

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, wrote to Jelena McWilliams, Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), calling on the agency not to grant any new Industrial Loan Company (ILC) charters until after the agency receives and considers feedback on a forthcoming new regulatory proposal regarding ILCs. “[T]o the extent...

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...

Waters Expresses Concerns About FDIC’s Decision to Decrease Workforce and Close Offices

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued a statement on the recent announcement that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) will offer voluntary retirement to 20 percent of its workforce and close or consolidate offices in Boston, California, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Tennessee: “I am deeply concerned by the FDIC...

In Advance of Wells Fargo Hearings, Waters and Green Release Investigative Report Exposing Failures of Megabank’s Management, Board, and Regulators

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, and Congressman Al Green (D-TX), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, released a Majority staff report entitled, “The Real Wells Fargo: Board & Management Failures, Consumer Abuses, and Ineffective Regulatory Oversight.” This report is a result of a one-year Committee inves...

Waters Wins Extension of Comment Period for CRA Rule

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, made the following statement in response to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announcement that the comment period for the agencies’ proposed Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rule will be extended by 30 days, giving the public 90 days t...

Waters Opens Investigation of Potential Astroturfing Efforts to Influence OCC and FDIC Community Reinvestment Act Rulemaking; Demands Agencies Explain Efforts to Ensure Legitimacy of Proposed CRA Rule

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent letters to Joseph Otting, Comptroller of the Currency, and Jelena McWilliams, Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), requesting information on the regulators’ systems and policies for receiving and reviewing comments during the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rulemaking pro...

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...

Waters, Brown, and Meeks Lead House and Senate Committee Democrats in Letter to Regulators on Proposed CRA Changes

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions, led a letter to Jerome H. Powell, Chairman of the Board of Governors of...

Waters Urges Regulators to Hold Depository Institutions Accountable

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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 entitled, “Oversight of Prudential Regulators: Ensuring the Safety, Soundness, Diversity, and Accountability of Depository Institutions?” As Prepared for Delivery Good morning. Today we are here to conduct oversight of regulators at the F...

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...

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 ...

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