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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...

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...

Waters, Scott, Brown and Murray Statement on the SEC’s Fiduciary Rule Proposal

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services; Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce; Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, made ...

Waters, Scott, Kildee and Ellison Statement on Appeals Court Decision to Vacate Fiduciary Rule

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In response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s ruling to vacate the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services; Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce; Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI), Vice Ranking Member of the House Committe...

Waters, Cummings and Scott Statement on Trump Administration’s Decision to Temporarily Halt Repeated Attempts to Undermine Fiduciary Rule

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Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), and Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ranking Members of the House Committees on Financial Services, Oversight and Government Reform, and Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement on today’s announcement that the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule will be initially implemented after the conclusion of the current 60-day delay. “For ...

40 House Dems to DOL: Don’t Delay Fiduciary Rule

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Today, Representatives Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services, Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and Workforce, Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and 37 other Democratic Members of Congress sent a letter to Ed Hugler, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Departmen...

Waters: Don’t Delay Fiduciary Rule

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Today, in response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposal to delay the implementation of its fiduciary rule, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, made the following statement: “I am deeply disappointed that the Trump Administration has decided to once again put Wall Street ahead of Main Street by delaying a crucial protection for seniors an...

Waters Applauds Court Ruling Upholding Fiduciary Rule

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Today, in reaction to a court ruling from a Texas federal judge upholding the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, made the following statement: “I'm pleased to see that for the third time our courts have upheld the Department of Labor's fiduciary duty rule so that hardworking Americans planning for re...

Waters: Trump's Changes to Wall Street Rules Will Lead to Another Crisis

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement today on President Trump’s executive orders to delay the Department of Labor’s conflict of interest rule and roll back financial reforms put it place after the financial crisis of 2008. “These latest actions from the Trump administration should show the American public that T...

Top Democrats Call for Public Hearing on DOL Waivers for Banks with History of Misconduct

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Today, leading Democratic lawmakers called on the Department of Labor (DOL) to hold a public hearing on its recent proposals to let five megabanks with a history of criminal misconduct to continue managing assets of U.S. pension funds under the preferred status of “qualified professional asset manager” (QPAMs). The letter was signed by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Com...

Waters: GOP Wall Street Deregulation Plan is the Wrong Choice for America

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, derided Republicans’ reckless plan to repeal Wall Street Reform during Committee consideration of H.R. 5983. In her opening statement, Waters noted that “nearly all the rules we enacted to make banks safer and stronger would be repealed, and replaced by a phony choose-your-own regulatory regime that puts the...

Waters Applauds Obama’s Veto of Republican Bill to Block Fiduciary Rule

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement after President Obama vetoed legislation that would overturn the Labor Department’s fiduciary duty rule: “I am pleased that President Obama has vetoed harmful legislation that would overturn the Labor Department’s efforts to protect seniors from conflicted financial a...

Waters to GOP: You Don’t Really Care about Poverty

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement on House Republicans’ harmful plan that would exacerbate poverty in this country: “Today, Republicans have unveiled a fake poverty program that shows, yet again, they are out of touch with the realities of poverty in America. This is nothing more than a weak attempt b...

Ranking Members Waters, Cummings, and Scott Criticize Lawsuit to Undermine Conflict of Interest Rule

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WASHINGTON -- Today, Reps. Maxine Waters, Elijah E. Cummings, and Bobby Scott, Ranking Members of the House Committees on Financial Services, Oversight and Government Reform, and Education and Workforce, issued the following statement on news that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, and other industry groups have filed a lawsuit to overturn the Depa...

Waters Denounces Republican Efforts to Dismantle DOL ‘Fiduciary Duty’ Rule

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In remarks on the House floor today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, took a strong stand against H.J. Res. 88, a Republican measure that seeks to dismantle the Labor Department’s recently finalized rule governing investment advice for retirement accounts. In her remarks, Ranking Member Waters noted that resolution would invalidate a carefu...

Waters Applauds DOL Effort to Protect Americans’ Retirement Savings

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement on the Labor Department’s final rule on investment advice for retirement assets that was released today: “I am pleased that after five years of thoughtful consideration, thousands of letters, and over one hundred meetings the Labor Department has released a final rule to bet...

Waters: Every Moment We Delay Further Depletes Americans’ Meager Retirement Savings

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In remarks on the House floor today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, led Democrats in opposition to H.R. 1090, the so-called Retail Investor Protection Act, a measure that would stall the Department of Labor’s rulemaking establishing critical consumer protections from conflicted investment advice. The top Democrat outlined the Department’s...

Leading Democratic Lawmakers Throw Support behind Rule to Protect Retirees and Investors

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Today, a broad and diverse group of House Democrats expressed their strong support for a rule proposed by the Department of Labor (DOL) that seeks to ensure those providing investment advice are actually working in the best interest of retirement savers. In a letter led by Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee and Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ranking Member of the E...

Waters Statement on Labor-HHS Appropriations Measure

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Following a House panel’s approval of legislation to fund the Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, criticized Republicans for advancing legislation that would undermine a broad swath of the American people, from seniors and students to those investing in their retirement. Waters criti...

Lawmakers Push for Review of Waiver Requests From Banks in Forex Probe

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Citing the “criminal behavior” of some of the world’s biggest banks, a group of Democratic lawmakers is asking the Obama administration to take a closer look at the lenders’ actions before granting waivers they are seeking. The legislators want Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to consider the seriousness of the crimes committed by global banks requesting waivers to continue functioning without sign...

Leading Democratic Lawmakers Raise Concerns over Banks’ Efforts to Secure DOL Waivers

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In the wake of five megabanks pleading guilty to felony charges, a number of prominent Democratic lawmakers are calling on the Department of Labor (DOL) to carefully consider whether to waive sanctions that would be automatically imposed on these institutions stemming from their guilty pleas. The lawmakers today called on DOL to hold a public hearing on any waivers requested by the banks, to promo...

Waters Praises “Milestone” Rule to Protect Retirees and Investors

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Following an announcement from the Department of Labor (DOL) that it has proposed for public comment rules on the provision of investment advice for retirement assets, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, issued a statement in strong support of the Administration’s move to modernize its “fiduciary duty” rule, which seeks to ensure that those pr...

As Historic Hearing Convenes, Waters Raises Concerns with Credit Suisse Waiver

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In advance of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) historic hearing on Credit Suisse’s petition to continue managing certain assets following a criminal conviction, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), who requested the hearing, commended the Department and urged it to deny the bank’s waiver. At the rare public hearing, Credit Suisse’s affiliated qualified professional asset managers (QPAMs) stand to lo...

DOL Announces Hearing on Proposed Waiver of Sanctions on Credit Suisse

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, released the following statement in reaction to the announcement that the Department of Labor (DOL) will grant a hearing to examine its proposal to waive sanctions imposed on Credit Suisse. Credit Suisse recently pled guilty for conspiring to aid tax evasion. In October, Waters joined George Miller (D-CA...

Democrats Urge Scrutiny on Credit Suisse Pension Review

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The U.S. Labor Department faces Capitol Hill pressure to think twice before letting Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN) continue managing pension-fund assets after it helped Americans evade taxes. Congressional Democrats Maxine Waters, Stephen F. Lynch and George Miller sent a letter to the department yesterday asking it to “seriously consider” whether the bank deserves a waiver it needs to remain a qua...



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